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.
Maybe the Octos are more convincing? This has been a dissapointing tasting so far. The nose of this Sauternes cask is the best I had all evening. Only the Octo Chateau Latour is still to come...
But as with all the other TCW drams today they can't hold the promise on the palate and finish. In this case getting overly sweeeeeeeet. This is unfortunately quite sticking as well as a lot of bitter wood is appearing very late but intensely with a bit of unpleasant soap. It is really the wood that stays on and on and on. Not pleasant. I would rather pick up a bottle of Octomore 4.2 at auction which is cheaper and better by far.
2 cl at the TCW first release tasting