When I saw that Serge over at Whiskyfun HQ published a review of this whisky today, I remembered I still had half a sample from a tweet tasting in late 2018 sitting around waiting to be reviewed. So I didn’t read his notes beforehand in order not to influence myself too much and now it’s time to stick my nose in – taking my time to properly review this outside of the rush and typing frenzy that usually accompany tweet tastings. Men can’t multitask, ya know 😉
Limitation: 249 bottles
Cask: Bourbon Hogshead
uncoloured / not chill filtered
Ah, multi-layered complexity from a well-behaved ex-bourbon hogshead! Quite a bit dusty and oily, like an old workshop that’s heated by a damp peat fire that fills the atmosphere with a mild
Not too nippy for 55% ABV on the arrival – and almost austere, in a good way! The chalky note is back, paired with old nectarines, barley water (the 3rd mash water), a slice of orange, with (good!) warehouse funkiness and a slightly peat-smoked, old-fruit sweetness in the background. One to keep in the mouth for a long time – almost intellectual!
Ever so slightly nippy upon swallowing before getting rather dry with brine, chalky barley water (2nd runnings from the mash tun now), some warehouse funk and apple peel. Lingers for a long time with a hint of peat smoke appearing towards the end.
Can I call this an intellectual dram? It’s my site so I guess I can call it anything I want, so there you go, intellectual it is! Truly different in a world where
Overall Score: 88/100
Sample provided free of charge by Claxton’s for a tweet tasting