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Whisky Reviews for Hinch 05-year-old - Double Wood HDC
4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.20 points
- 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.
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.
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.
The finish leaves you with citrus and pepper notes with a gentle warmth on the tongue for a good moment.
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,…
[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]