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Whisky Reviews for Willowbank Batch 1 TBWC
8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 78.71 points
- Full surprise. Quite unique and special whisky with extra dry and tannins.
- I had the opportunity to taste that "Whisky" at the Drum Fest 2018 in Christchurch NZ.
You'll hate it or love it... that was all what I was told.
Well... nice color but the nose and at least the palate will teach you differently. Definitely not my style.
The nose is pure young Hanyu ex dark sherry cask ;)
Sour. Weak. Bad.
Moldy red fruits.
- I can only second the distinguished chroniclers below – except that the glue on the nose and the sourness on the palate are so massive that I could get nothing but. Tasted blind you would never mistake this for whisky, except that apparently it is.
I bought mine after reading the rave review on Malt-review.com (“If you purchase one whisky this year then make it this Willowbank – you won’t regret it.”), which Ruben’s last line mirrors. Goes to show.
I found this liquid so disgusting that I believed it to be flawed and returned the bottle. Were I to score it, the score would be ignored as an outlier…
TBWC have since discovered that this is not a single malt, but rather a (single) blend, containing 30% unmalted barley, and have offered buyers replacement labels. The category on whiskybase should be amended accordingly.
N: Surely this is this Cognac, or a [70’s Darroze] Armagnac? It’s become a little syrupy over the years. What casks are these?
T: Just like a Cognac on the palate. It’s fairly oaky/grape-y dry with a strange separation of the grape sugars from the oak - or a perception there-of.
F: Heavily oaky/grape-y tannic before a more salivating Armagnac chew.
C: Tasted blind, I wonder how many would say this is whisky? See whiskynotes.be for some information regarding Willowbank’s use of French oak wine casks. Would I score this a higher mark as a Cognac or Armagnac? Very possibly.Generously, scores a near miss
- This is only to nose.
Nose: a lot of wood, a lot of glue aromas and nail polish as well. Then pine resin and mentholated notes. If you insist to compare, it’s closest to some bourbon whisky. After a while it moves to cherry candy, candied pear and sultanas. Cinnamon bubblegum, hints of latte and charred oak. An increasing sourness as well (yuzu). Intruiging, if you like glue.
Mouth: a stunning sourness again, with moist tobacco and a staggering tannic winey side. Traces of cognac underneath. Oak juice. Redcurrants, sour cherries and hints of cranberries. A hint of toffee sweetness and earthy notes as a counterweight, but never finding the proper balance.
Finish: medium long, very oaky, still winey, with hints of burnt wood.
Unlike anything I’ve had before. The wine influence is huge, there’s a lot of glue on the nose and plenty of sour wood on the palate. Very funky but I must admit it isn’t all bad and a very interesting curiosum. Do not get this if you’re only buying one bottle this year, please.