Hinch 05-year-old - Double Wood HDC

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Hinch Distillery Co. (HDC)
Bottling serie
The Time Collection
Stated Age
05 years old
Bourbon Casks + Virgin American Oak Barrels
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 jul 2019 8:12 am by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 38.11

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Whisky reviews for Hinch 05-year-old - Double Wood HDC

10 users have left 11 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 81.59 points.

  1. Coldorak scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Review from my blog: https://moredramslessdram.com/2020/06/04/hinch-tweet-tasting/

    Colour: Deep Copper

    Comments: This is a good start, and the notes you get on the nose are present on the palate. This is quite citrusy and does not leave much space for other flavours, but it’s an easy-drinking dram nonetheless.
    • Nose
      83 83
      At first, the nose starts with strong lemon curd notes, almost lemon meringue pie, with some vanilla. The nose is subtle, with faint green apple, toffee and a slight touch of solvent in the background. After some time the solvent leaves place to white wine, a more patience gives you pastry butter notes.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The arrival is silky, on citrus and pepper. Grapefruit and green apple strengthen the citrus notes, and these are joined by cracked coffee beans. Sandalwood and wood varnish provide woody flavours in a second phase without masking the initial notes. The mouthfeel is good for a 43% abv dram, it has enough texture.
    • Finish
      80 80
      The finish leaves you with citrus and pepper notes with a gentle warmth on the tongue for a good moment.

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  3. MrYens scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

  4. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Doesn't do anything wrong but also has nothing that makes him stand out from the crowd. Can be tasted once.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Citrus fruit, grain, peppermint, oak, very fine wood smoke, light fruits, pepper, spices
    • Taste
      77 77
      Soft and sweet, light fruit, oak
    • Finish
      77 77
      Short finish, chocolate, pepper, malt

  5. elipszis scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
      raw and fresh
      not that typical Irish whiskey
      sweet cereal
    • Taste
      81 81
      Christmas chocolate
      it feels very young, not rounded
      vanilla cake
    • Finish
      80 80
      medium short finish

  6. MarcinCh scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    Very light, straw-colored. Very rare whiskey.
    • Nose
      77 77
      A fresh, crisp nose, at least at first. Fresh fruit. After a while, a meadow, flowers, rather sweet, even perfumed. They begin to dominate and take over the foreground. Aromas similar to those of the basic Auchentoshan whiskey from Lowland. Some vanilla underneath. Traces of mint. Vanilla and caramel dominate the other nose.
    • Taste
      77 77
      The beginning is slightly sweet. Vanilla and caramel. Flowers. After a while, oak bitterness. Some spices. Cinnamon and white pepper. Traces of ripe, yellow fruit underneath. Peaches. However, it is difficult for them to break through the quite distinct bitterness of the barrel. Over time, it turns into a slightly nicer cocoa. Whiskey a bit thicker in the mouth than Hinch Small Batch Bourbon Cask. More creamy with the second sip.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Caramel. Vanilla. Traces of oak, a little bitterness, but not that much. A pinch of spices. Cinnamon. Cocoa. Less bitterness and sharpness in the finish than in Hinch Small Batch Bourbon Cask and Hinch Single Pot Still. The finish is also a bit longer than in those versions. Medium-length finish.

  7. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  8. praisethepasta did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A nice, unpretentious whisky. You could argue that it’s struggling a bit when it comes to developing some real character and personality, but bear in mind that it’s young, and a blend at that. Putting things in perspective however, I will add that the way it changed and developed from nose to palate was a pleasant surprise, making this an enjoyable dram, with a big thumbs up for putting that 5 year old age statement on the label as an extra.
    • Nose
      On the nose immediately you get honey, honey and more honey. Very classic bourbon cask notes indeed, as it’s followed by vanilla, some creaminess and a whole basket of apples, with underneath grainy notes. Seriously, is it a Speyside? This is so close to say, Glen Grant, I’m pretty sure I’d never pick this out as an Irish if nosed blind. It’s fairly straightforward and ‘easy’ (as in: without much complexity), but it’s well done and balanced.
    • Taste
      The palate comes in with a bit of a surprise as there is a much clearer wood influence now, with just a hint of bitterness and sharpness to it – very likely the virgin oak doing its thing. I’m also picking up quite a bit of spices now, with cinnamon and perhaps shy touches of nutmeg. The mouthfeel is dry and a bit thin, which I put down to the youth and the 43% ABV. Overall, the honey sweetness and fruit are noticeably less dominant on the palate and seem to make way for things like dried peach and apricot and green banana, with something slightly herbaceous in the background. In any case it’s rather more layered now than it was on the nose. I’ve tried adding a drop of water to see if it would open up further but it just flattened everything out, adding only some sharpness.
    • Finish
      medium long with the spices just taking over before it fades away.

  9. olegborgol scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    The aroma and taste are dominated by notes of solvent and varnish for furniture, the body is almost gone, the finish is weak 20-19-19-20
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      78 78

  10. Expraesi scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  11. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur


    The ratio here is 25% malt, 75% grain. Compared to last year’s batch, I believe this has seen a further year in first-fill casks.

    N: After the Bimber, Scalasaig and The Lakes, this is something else entirely. We’ve the freshest virgin fruitiness at first, with orange peel leading to firm suggestions of an Old Fashioned with twisted burnt orange peel on top – an ideal nose to suit this blue-skied 23-degree day with a favourable breeze – but what is this reminding me of? I’ve got it, it’s genever/craft gin! There’s the orris, the lemon peel, the orange peel,… fresh and soft-crisp, pineapple [with a slight huskiness] > limes and melon. [The Foz would love this]. I didn’t detect much grain first off, maybe because I’m used to the more waxy acetone nature of Scottish grain whisky.

    T: More of that orris > juniper and papaya], the deliciously [even delicately] fruity young light fragrant grain-led and very light husky spirit driving things forward at an enthusiastic pace. Slightly lacking of body [that’s where the 10yo shines], the focus is centred around the soft chewy top notes. Candied bananas on the turn.

    F: Continues along similar lines with a sour-sweet fruitiness. We’ve porridge hints at the last, the sweetish citrus rinds lingering at the death, almost perfumed, certainly concentrated and essential oil-like, and with a doff of the hat to apple brandy.

    C: Hard to score in some respects given it’s like a hybrid European-styled whisk[e]y, but this is really good stuff, reminiscent of some more craft-orientated gin – Dornoch for example [WLP]. A whisk[e]y gateway for gin/eaux de vie fans without a shadow,…

  12. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur


    [30/03/19] Hinch is Ireland’s newest Whiskey Distillery Company in County Down, Northern Ireland, making its international appearance at Whiskylive London in 2019.

    A distillery is in the planning stages [info], Meanwhile, Hinch is releasing part of its 4 million pounds worth of bought stock under the 'Time Collection’ moniker, consisting of aged blends, pot still and peated Irish single malt.

    I didn’t have much time with these, so all scores below are strictly provisional.

    C: Controlled plastic-y/plasticine-y chew is all I noted.

    [Provisionally, around 80]


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