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Could 30, 2022


All over the world with malts that actually want water
Let’s kick-start this from France, as we love to do. That is extra environment-friendly anyway, is it not, subsequent time we could even begin our journey  from Alsace.

Alfred Giraud 'Intrigue' (51.7%, OB, France, 2021)

Alfred Giraud ‘Intrigue’ (51.7%, OB, France, 2021) Four stars

This lavishly introduced and costly bottle (simply south of 400€) shelters sourced malt whisky matured in ex-cognac and ex-Bordeaux blanc. Apparently, the Distillerie de Saint-Palais, situated kind of between Cognac and Bordeaux, is supplying a minimum of among the malts. The latter began making whisky in 2016, so this needs to be younger and most actually cask-driven. Having mentioned that, all Alfred Giraud I may attempt have been just about to my liking. Color: gold. Nostril: some contemporary oak, some natural teas (chamomile) and definitely a vinosity that might have slightly imparted notes round blood oranges and citrons. Touches of eucalyptus. With water: it simply loves water, will get rounder, much less vinous, extra on desserts (some barely burnt) and tiny herbs. Mouth (neat): much more citric vinosity than on the nostril. A sémillon-less Pessac? It isn’t typically that desk wine and malt would go this properly collectively. With water: as soon as once more, water would offset a big a part of the vinosity and make this clear and vibrant, and much more citrusy. And now I am discovering touches of sémillon, go determine! Pure sémillons aren’t simple to search out, however some are actually price each effort. End: medium, completely properly adjusted, citrusy and caky. Contact of clove and cinnamon within the aftertaste. Feedback: it was nonetheless a tad tough (and vinous) across the edges when unreduced, however a number of drops of water simply mounted all of it. Glorious.

SGP:551 – 85 factors.

Bimber 2018/2022 (59.5%, C. Dully Selection, England, virgin oak barrel, cask #320, 141 bottles)

Bimber 2018/2022 (59.5%, C. Dully Choice, England, virgin oak barrel, cask #320, 141 bottles) Four stars and a half

You realize what to anticipate with these loopy un-wined Bimbers, solely pure, candy, fruity, unquestionable goodness. Color: gold. Nostril: as anticipated, it’s a little sizzling and ethanoly at first sniffs, whereas as anticipated, it might then attain mango, coconut, lemon balm and vanilla territory. With water (the viscimetry is immense): subtler parts chiming in, stewed damsons, contemporary mushrooms, grapefruits, wormwood (or absinth), IPA, Szechuan pepper, vanilla cake… Mouth (neat): complete limoncello aged in candy oak, with just a bit inexperienced pepper. However we’ve not added any water but… With water: good, if not immensely complicated this time. Extra limoncello, lemon curd, just a little icing sugar (we might have a tendency so as to add marc de gewurz to the combination), orange zests… I consider these ex-barrel Bimbers, whether or not virgin or not, are all the time unstoppable. End: medium, on lemon tarte with meringue and bits of zests. Feedback: forgot to say angelica.

SGP:741 – 88 factors.

Penderyn 9 yo 2012 (59%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Wales, ex-bourbon hogshead, #128.18, 'Dragon's Lipstick', 271 bottles)

Penderyn 9 yo 2012 (59%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Wales, ex-bourbon hogshead, #128.18, ‘Dragon’s Lipstick’, 271 bottles) Three stars and a half

Very fascinating, though slightly sadly completed in a 1st fill ex-ruby Port barrique, lipstick certainly. Color: suspiciously salmony. Nostril: weird. Litres of rosehip tea, a faint sulphur, strawberry jam, peonies, additionally pumpernickel and different moist breads… With water: water works. Strawberries have been toned down and varied desserts are taking up.  Mouth (neat): wild-strawberry liqueur, cherry liqueur and blood oranges over some malt whisky. Kriek beer. Having mentioned that, there’s some type of steadiness and I would not say it’s too winey… With water: as soon as once more, water makes wonders, lowering the Port’s affect and permitting some gristy barleyness to come back to the entrance. No sulphur in anyway. End: slightly lengthy. As soon as once more, too candy when neat, properly fruity and cakey when fastidiously (yeah, after all) introduced all the way down to approx. 45% vol. Feedback: I have been very afraid for some time…

SGP:751 – 84 factors.

Filey Bay 2017/2021 'Sherry Cask Reserve #2' (46%, OB, England, 2000 bottles, 2021)

Filey Bay 2017/2021 ‘Sherry Cask Reserve #2’ (46%, OB, England, 2000 bottles, 2021) Three stars and a half

This child was absolutely matured in first-fill Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. I consider I’ve solely tried Filey Bay as soon as, however thought it was superb. Now, PX, you already know… Color: deep gold with copper hues. Nostril: good enjoyable, with a variety of shoe polish, plasticine, even metallic polish, after which the same old PX tones, with baggage of raisins, prunes, heavy honeys, pipe tobacco and a tiny drop of very previous balsamico. Mouth: very candy, extraordinarily PXed, I would even say just a little Malaga-y, if I could. Virtually dessert whisky, with some sides that might remind us of some slightly extremely obscured rums. Some El Dorados spring to thoughts, Diplomaticos… You realize what, we’ll attempt the water trick as soon as extra. With water: I knew this may work, even at +/-40% vol. Espresso popping out, chocolate, previous armagnac, extra prunes… Superb. End (diminished): balanced and Jerezian, no matter meaning. Walnut wine and espresso within the aftertaste. Feedback: at Château Whiskyfun it’s unusual so as to add water to a spirit that was bottled at 46% vol. I am glad we did.

SGP: 651- 84 factors.

And now, drumroll and rejoicings please, there’s a new whisky nation on little Whiskyfun, Korea!…

Kimchangsoo 2021/2022 (54.1%, OB, Korea, PX sherry, 336 bottles)

Kimchangsoo 2021/2022 (54.1%, OB, Korea, PX sherry, 336 bottles) Four stars

This child whisky is stemming from town of Gimpo, which lies southwest of Seoul. It is correctly Korean, not sourced elsewhere (kss-kss, Japan). They’re utilizing two tiny pot stills (800l and 500l) and native components, though this very batch would have been made with closely peated Scottish barley. Apparently, the ABV is slightly low given the very younger age (it is not whisky but in Europe), but it surely’s to be identified that in line with Korean legal guidelines, you can not fill a cask with spirits above 60% vol. This pretty bottle was launched simply final month in Korea. Anyway, after Ok-pop, this is Ok-malt! Color: deep gold. Nostril: a big teapot stuffed with lapsang souchong, some previous walnuts (that is the PX), some metallic polish, a big bag of cloves and caraway, plus whiffs of fresh-sawn hardwoods. Maybe cherrywood? Superior tarry oils within the background. With water: will get rather more fermentary, yeasty, bready, with even whiffs of cheese. Ointments, then dried apricots. Actually totally different and slightly sensible. Mouth (neat): very candy, very spicy, fairly smoky. What’s nice right here is that it does really feel ‘Korean’ (so far as I can inform after many meals and drinks at Korean eating places, which I really like, together with their plum wine ;-)). There is a slightly excessive focus, I’d say plums and pomegranates, lapsang souchong as soon as extra, slightly a variety of thyme liqueur, and fairly presumably some spicy European oak. Water ought to loosen it a wee bit… With water: pretty, water brings out very particular spices and a few apparent notes of fats mezcal. This comes surprising. End: very lengthy spicy. Candy peppers, cinnamon mint, smoke… Bell pepper within the aftertaste. Feedback: what’s just a little troubling is that the closest whisky I may consider could be among the St Kilians aus Germany. Bah, it is slightly a brand new type, most likely just a little avantgarde, maybe even just a little artsy. Very glad it exists, it is nice and it widens our horizon.

SGP:566 – 87 factors.








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