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Overall rating
84.96/100
votes
27
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
World Whiskies - Individual Cask
Vintage
2009
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
08 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Strength
61.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
14 Jul 2018 9:07 am by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 57,00

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Whisky Reviews for The English Whisky 2009 CA

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.96 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2019] I never had an English single malt so far but in face of Brexit I have to try it, finally. And to make the tasting more interesting and my judgement more reliable I do a head-to-head of two vintages: this 2009 versus the 2010 follow up (WB id 126243)...

    ...and this is a flabbergasting positive surprise, to be honest. Given the young age of both releases they offer a bold and rather complex traditional profile (the 2010 after reduction) which is much better than that of most of the Scottish under-aged malts. I can imagine very fine English drams once these whiskies got adult - I will keep an eye on St. George's distillery, for sure...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour of the 2009 is two shades darker at jonquiripe corn while the 2010 is at pale straw. The nose of the 2009 offers a bold and impressive profile with all kinds of oils (both industrial and natural ones), hospital aromas (iodine, gauze bandages and more), autumn floral notes (wet hay stacks), shy fruits and spices (and peat, of course). Hey, this is pretty interesting and reminds me a little of the traditional Springbank profile (which is a huge compliment!). Unfortunately, this nose vanishes quickly upon breathing and gets less interesting. The nose of the 2010 is completely different - much more shy and lacking most of these interesting oily and medicinal aromas. It is more floral-fruity driven with lots of chalk and mineral notes and the cold smoke of an extinguished bonfire. I prefer the 2009 on this dimension, clearly. Water improves the nose of the 2010 significantly.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste of the 2009 is quite impressive too with a fine mixture of sweet barley sugars, peaty flavours, fruits and spices that is in balance - I like that! It is nicely chewable and somewhat layered which is a fine achievement for such a young dram. No flaw that I can find, the woods are about perfect to provide structure without dominating. The 2010 is somewhat unbalanced on the palate with too much bitter-peaty flavours compared to the rather shy sweet sugars and fruits. And it is more simple than the 2009 (but more oomphy-spiky , so lovers of the modern style whisky will prefer it neat - most probably).
    • Finish
      87 87
      The initial mouthfeel of the 2009 is very hot (due to the high abv) and coats instantly the whole of the mouth without distracting moments. The 2010 arrives less hot on the palate but less coating too with a significant bitter-drying feeling (ashes, tannins). Again I like the 2009 better here. The finish of the 2009 is long and turns to the bitter-drying side of the peat but still the sugars are there to sweet the bitterness. The finish of the 2010 is shorter than the 2009 and surprisingly better balanced than its taste with more sweet and waxy flavours added. Nevertheless, I prefer the 2009 on this dimension, too. Water flattens the 2009 and turns it more sweet while a reduction improves the 2009 and both in the nose and on the palate (it releases much more aromas and flavours and the taste reaches a fine balance this way, which is good for two additional points).

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

    Starts on the nose like a good Lagavulin and continues on the palate like a good Ardbeg - the fruitiness is a bit missing but that could be the youth - overall really good and a positive surprise!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Fresh, sea breeze, dense iodine, peaty, smoked fish, sea weed, green fruits - very good
    • Taste
      91 91
      Powerful, punchy, good peat and smoke, medicinal, plenty of iodine, good sweetness, more on bonfires - great!
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, burning, strong, sweet, herbal

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/01/30/cadenheads-warehouse-tasting-battle-of-the-brands-part-1-2/

    Jenna’s up with a peated number from England - gasps! It seems the St. George’s Distillery name [blog] lives on in part, despite George’s cross having been removed from all subsequent official labels. Aside from the completely incidental yet unfortunate far-right/Brexit connotations, court cases in the US ensue over the name. Thankfully the distillery were happy for Cadenhead’s to bottle this as a disclosed English Whisky Company malt, therefore.

    N: Mark says there isn’t that 'Islay-ness’ here, but I pick up a Laphroaig/Port Ellen-likeness, even if they are my simple associations. Either way, it’s a lovely nose on a fruity/farmy/smoky/peatiness whilst BBR’s Dan calls “maple smoke”.
    T: The arrival suggests something rather quirky, but I’d require a bigger sample to examine it properly. There are also herbal medicinal touches, but my palate focuses mainly on the smoke and a little nutty, husky dry fruitiness.
    F: There’s all sorts actually. Pleasingly, the barley is never buried.
    C: Absolutely nothing wrong here. Whilst I love that previous Glenturret for many reasons, this has no flaws.

    Scores a B

  4. detachedblue scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A decent young peater, a kind of surprise.
    • Nose
      Fresh peat, almonds, peach core, oily and some fruits at the background
    • Taste
      Salty and sweet peat, rather fearless and straightforward
    • Finish
      Medium, oak spices, dark chocolates

  5. Allandale scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Young smoky ashes.
    • Nose
      Smoky, ashy notes found, with smoked salmon and citrus notes.
    • Taste
      Autumnal forests, medicinal peaty notes with lots of menthol
    • Finish
      Long dry-smoke finish, with growing lemon thyme and dried herbs.

  6. Allandale scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Young with character.
    • Nose
      Smoky, ashy notes found, with smoked salmon and citrus notes.
    • Taste
      Autumnal forests, medicinal peaty notes with lots of menthol.
    • Finish
      Long and dry smoky finish. With growing lemon thyme and dried herbs.

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