Overall rating
Single Malt
That Boutique-y Whisky Company (TBWC)
Stated Age
17 years old
Number of bottles
53.8 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
19 Jan 2018 8:15 pm by Candide
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 175.81

3 × in wishlist

17 × member ratings

11 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Willowbank Batch 1 TBWC

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 78.87 points

  1. lviz scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Full surprise. Quite unique and special whisky with extra dry and tannins.

  2. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. Whiskybilly scored this whisky 60 points Expert Junior

    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.

  4. mordread scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
      The nose is pure young Hanyu ex dark sherry cask ;)
    • Taste
      70 70
      Sour. Weak. Bad.
    • Finish
      60 60
      Moldy red fruits.

  5. Refill Malthead did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    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.

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur


    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

  7. bakerman scored this whisky 67 points Expert Senior

    This is only to nose.

  8. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior


    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.


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