Nose: Polished furniture, strong bourbon notes, pencil shavings. Sweet, natural wood sugars. The longer you nose it, the more bourbon-like it becomes.
Palate: Surprisingly punchy on the palate – more alcohol than the nose prepared me for. But not aggressive. Bright American oak. Not as sweet as the nose sets up for, reminiscent of high-cocoa dark chocolate.
Finish: A slightly bitter-sweet note emerges, like the bitterness of charred oak, or charred rendered fat on the barbie.
Comments: An incredible nose that betrays its bourbon origins, and loads of alcohol and power – it’s no shrinking violet. Bitter/sweet interplay is intriguing, but not sure the balance is quite right?
Director & Cellarmaster
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Tim Duckett... you've done it again!
Brand new for April 2013, this is a massive, massive malt BUT very sweet and creamy.
Loads of honeycombe, sweet, biscuity malt (in fact me thinks this is the finest definition of malt in an Aussie whisky I have ever seen...brilliant).
The nose has a mouthwatering quality.
All American oak matured, but this is both classy and immensely enjoyable and the killer is that it is so highly drinkable.
And it also just so pure and clean.
Loads of malt on the palate, honey, creamy oak.
Long palate that finishes rather crisply with lingering maltiness.
And best of all...there is a distinct feeling at the end ...that you really do need another glass!
From Graham Wright
(The Odd Whisky Coy)