General note: Having tasted all six drams of The Cask Whisperers first release in a special tasting, I have to confess that this release has nothing special (other than disappointment) at all except for a bad price quality relation. Maybe I expected too much of Jim McEwan, who has one of the biggest legacy of modern whisky times. But to me he missed out on adding to it, rather I feel he substracted a lot. It starts with the packing, which looks like it was created by someone on the cheap, not worthy of the big man. The contents, for a first release, where I would bottle my best stuff, is dissapointing to say the least but fits the overall appearance of the release. What you see is what you get and taste for too much moolah based on a high priced swiss market. In this way it is a fitting realease but not on a high note, not at all.
After the Laddie wine cask again a promising nose with more stamina due to the PC malt and the first malt I find convincing (after the two Laddies). Though not very complex. It is the fist of a gentle giant - wine, peat, malted barley some fruits, spice and wood wood wood lingering on the tongue.
This dram would have deserved better packaging. I was expecting more from Jim McEwan here. The whole range looks cheap, at least the content outgrows this here. I know I am very nerdy in this respect but this is not in tune to my eyes, which also have taste buds.
But then you could dress a goat in a black tuxedo and it is still a goat.;-)
2 cl at the TCW first release tasting