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45.5 % Vol.
700 ml
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14 oct 2019 4:53 pm by holborndrinker

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€ 103.22

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Whisky reviews for East London ELX Sonoma

3 users have left 3 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 79.67 points.

  1. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Interesting and complex, but not exactly an easy sipper.

    There's quite a lot going on and it's a bit needy.

    The nose is great: rich vanilla and toffee, red berries, spice, wood citrus and a kind of cooked starchy sweetness. It's one of those where the smell of the empty glass taunts you.

    The palate is good too, but a bit of a thinker. Take out the turmeric and tarragon and your left with a much more conventional (though still tasty) profile, but those two elements gave it some extra layers.

    The tarragon especially resonated with the bitter herbs in the finish.

    I was slightly worried about that on my first proper sip. It felt like it might just stop there and leave the bitterness as the final part of the experience.

    Luckily, my fears were misplaced and it broke down into melted butter, a sweet and tart gingery fizz and caramel, with only the slightest bitterness as chocolate syrup.

    I had more from Sonoma than I've had from ELLC and I definitely feel like I could detect Sonomas DNA in this.

    There's quite a lot else too, but it's hard for me to guess what exactly is due to what. The exotic cask interactions seem to have left an impression, but not many obvious hall marks, apart from maybe red berries.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Vanilla pods, toffee, cherry liqueur, cranberry sauce, spicy oak, candied ginger, orange zest, caramelised plantain.
    • Taste
      76 76
      Mocha, baklava, turmeric, tarragon, orange and barley squash, Apricot fruit leather, white pepper
    • Finish
      76 76
      Fernet Branca herbal bitterness, butter, pickled ginger, caramel and chocolate syrup

  2. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    A young, hardly additively matured whiskey. A bit rough on the palate. It needs more maturing time and more active barrels.
    • Nose
      Banana, grain, metallic youth, a little spice
    • Taste
      Spicy, alcohol only moderately integrated, somewhat light-colored fruits
    • Finish
      Rather short finish, a bit bitter, some oak.

  3. whisky313 did not rate this whisky Specialist

    Here we have the delicious result of a collaboration between East London Liquor Co. and California-based Sonoma Distilling Co.'s Adam Spiegel! The blend marries ELLC's London rye whisky which has been matured in a variety of casks, including ex-peated whisky casks and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, with Sonoma's delectable bourbon. Expect all the buttery sweetness of the bourbon matched expertly with hallmark rye spiciness.


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