Been having a little bit extra this week, as I’m attempting to empty quite a few bottles for both a swap I setup and the upcoming, very exciting Mystery Dram mega swap.
Big Thanks to /u/UncleTobys for the international swap. And also a bitter, jealousy filled “Harumph” for your ability to find these tasty, tasty drams.
“Hey TOModera, whatcha bitching about?”
Well I’ll tell you, fictitious character that I created to setup a bit I’ve probably used in reviews before: Take this whisky I’m reviewing right now, the Sullivan’s Cove Bourbon Maturation Cask Strength Single Cask Malt Whisky. It’s made in Tasmania, the birthplace of Tasmanian whisky.
This distillery is so good, that in only a few short decades, they’ve started beating out distilleries that have been around for ten times that time. They’ve made a whisky that was so loved, it won the 2014 Best Single Malt award.
We’re not talking about that whisky at the moment, this is just a tribute.
Seriously though, I live in a country that has large commercial distilleries been making whisky for hundreds of years, and still, in 20 years, Tassie whisky is better. Come on Canada!
My bitterness aside (for now), I’m quite excited to try this offering from Sullivan’s Cove. I do enjoy a bourbon cask aged single malt from time to time (okay, all the time), and since it’s been pointed out that I’ve been doing quite a few “weird” whiskies lately, it’ll be nice to come back down to planet Earth.
Oh well, at least we don’t have tons of venous creatures living in Canada… got that going for us, at least.
Price: If you think this will ever make it to our Liquor stores in Ontario, you’re more of an Optimist than I am. N/A in Ontario.
Colour: Light custard
Nose: Lemongrass, vanilla, caramel, buttertart, creme brulee, lemon pie, kiwi, Greek yoghurt
Starts out with a ton of lemongrass. Hard to get past it. Need to let it rest. Stay there, and don’t read the next line for 20 minutes.
Oh, wait, I just need to let it rest… hmmm… need to figure out how this time thing relates to writing.
Eventually, it’s like walking into a bakery. Really strong sweet notes, quite complex notes as well.
Taste: Lemon, yoghurt, cardamon, nutmeg, floral, mango sticky rice, medicinal
Given some time, this really starts to have some nice vanilla, creamy notes to it. However that medicinal note isn’t blending well with the other flavours, and eventually is all I can taste.
Good Medicinal, for those wondering, usually goes with an Iodine note. In this case, it turns out Iodine and Herbal, sweet, and citrus are two different things.
The more you know.
Finish: A metric shit ton of vanilla, lemon peel, curry, dragon fruit, ginger, rosemary, burn, apple, still hot brown butter
Do you like chugging Vanilla? Like, all day? Like, you heard you could lose weight by drinking vanilla shakes, so you just went to town? If so, way to go potentially morbidly obese person, the initial flavours in this whisky are for you!
Eventually there’s a hodge podge of flavours in here. Which I’m a tad torn on how to rate: On the one hand, it’s complex, and that’s really cool. On the other, I don’t think it’s balanced at all, and the flavours don’t really make for a consistent, happy ending.
Conclusion: The Nose is great, the taste is unbalanced towards an off note, and the finish is hard to rate. It’s a good whisky, and I’m glad I tried it, however… it doesn’t really pair as well with bourbon as it does with Port.
Also, there’s WAY too much vanilla at the end. Like sucking a vanilla pod, and getting the seeds in your mouth, and then going down on Ben and Jerry, but just for some vanilla bjs, nothing too kinky.
So, there’s that.
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