ABV 47.8% vol
Taste 17/25 - very dry, flat, unremarkable and disconnected from the nose.
Finish 18/25 - it's not all that long and has a very bitter note.
Balance 18/25 - nothing about this said "pour another glass"
South African whisky, the world tour gets more diverse with every dram!
ABV 43% vol
So a second Tasmanian whisky, one awarded the title Worlds Best Single Malt 2014 which is no mean feat, can it live up to expectations?
ABV 47.5% vol
Well I'm relatively familiar with Nikka Whisky From The Barrel, if memory serves correct I've had two bottles in past years, although I don't really recall my opinions at the time of consumption. It is certainly nicely packaged and if you can get one of their retail gift packages including glasses it makes a lovely present. I was left wondering why it's taken me so long to revisit it!
I'm not going to beat about the bush I totally love this little mutt, launched in November 2013 it has become a firm favourite, whilst I'm sure there's bound to be someone who doesn't like it I've not come across them yet. It's a blended malt (including Mortlach, Macallan and Glenrothes) and it's quality foundations are there for all to see.
Well this has had a complex upbringing having matured in wine, Madeira, Sherry, Marsala, Kentucky bourbon and Port casks. It's from a very respected brand and it's not cheap at around £115, however it has no age statement and is bottled at 40% abv. Personally I wonder if that's part of the problem, would a slightly higher abv improve it?