My fifth and final review for all 5 core range expressions of the austrian whisky called Wiesky.
This one needs a drop of water to open up.
Hmmm. As in all previous expressions i can see what the creator is trying to achieve but again there is that harsh grain note. In this one it seems like old airdried Bread. Not pleasant. Again quite alcoholic and no trace of the pinot noir twist the cask should have given. I had high hopes but...bumber.
Quite instantly there is a sour/bitter note which i think belongs to the red wine. I’m not that big of a wine expert but this certainly does remind me of it. It’s Slightly creamy and dry. Also this one is very full bodied. It’s Actually not bad.
At first there is quite a lot of grain. But this settles down rather quickly. It then gives some red grapes and a hint of white pepper. This one leaves you with a ‘i have just drunk a red wine after dinner’ kind of experience. Dry at the very end. Not bad.
Final conclusion on all 5:
- on all 5 it seems the cask just did not have had enough time to really influence the spirit. They seem to be to young with to much grain notes
- on all 5 i can conclude that the body and character of the new make are very well done, but the full potential is left un-used for the Biggest part.
- On all 5 i keep wondering what it would be like at 46% and non chill filtered with an extended aging period.
- when tasted head to head you can smell subtle differences, when tasted apart from one another it all seems to be quite the same despite of using different casks.
- ‘smoke on the water’ is the best expression at this moment.
It’s Interesting stuff with an interesting ‘off-road’ way of distilling 4!! Times. I love these kinds of initiatives but this whisky is just not ready yet to be called as such. It’s more like different types of schnapps at the moment. Hopefully in the future the spirit will be taken to it’s full potential.