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Ondjaba The Namibian Whiskey

Overall rating
76.83/100
votes
32
Whiskybase ID
WB171953
Category
Single Grain
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2020
Casktype
Oak Barrels
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
0781718573122
Added on
11 Dec 2020 5:29 pm by Theli

Average value

€ 64.00

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32 × member ratings

79 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ondjaba The Namibian Whiskey

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 76.83 points

  1. Helgo scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    I was a bit skeptical as I had already had experience with dung. With the Floki, I found that very bubbly and uncomfortable. Here I was even pleasantly surprised. First of all, it should be noted that it is grain, corn and millet, i.e. the whiskey does not contain barley. For three years and grain I would have expected a short-pearl wheat, but the wine barrels have something against it and the Ondjaba is carried up and down for a long time and then disappears spicy and winey sweet at the end of the tongue ... The Ondjaba is completely okay for what it represents from my point of view and overflows my expectations. However, no complexity fireworks should be expected now. I find this an enrichment for every whisk (e) ybar to show the worldwide diversity. The Ondjaba also beats some German bottlings by lengths, which in my opinion goes back in terms of the good selection of casks as well as the climatic conditions and probably a different type of maturation ... In the end, I would be interested in which leather the lid was covered with. That could be deductions in the end and doesn't need it in my eyes ... I'm satisfied with the Ondjaba. Try the Snifter Premium and stand for 20 minutes before tasting it for the first time!

  2. sealgair scored this whisky 65 points Expert Junior

    Elephant dung is used for kilning - and that's exactly how the product tastes - dry, earthy, bitter and the desire for a second sip is difficult to keep within limits. But it is definitely a new experience.

  3. HunterRomario scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Whiskey smoked with elephant dung, so it wasn't here yet. He remembers Flóki, a whiskey from Iceland smoked with sheep dung.
    Alcohol: 46%
    Aroma: Extraordinarily earthy, smoky, leathery. Spices, slightly tar, burnt jam. This smells good! (87 b)
    Taste: Spicy, spicy, sweet, then sour again. Overall unusual and difficult to describe. (86 b)
    Points: 87/100
    Summary: Tasted upon arrival at the festival in Malá Morávka as part of the heats. When José told me it was Namibian whiskey smoked with elephant dung, I thought it was a joke. In the end, it is one of the biggest surprises of the year.

  4. Whiskyzoom scored this whisky 70 points Expert Junior

    I feel like I'm drinking peppery alcohol from a freshly smoked leather bag. I have never experienced such a dominant leather taste. At best, there are also roasted aromas and tannins.

  5. glenrob scored this whisky 66 points Connoisseur

    This whiskey only starts to taste a little better after the third glass. In order to really perceive it in all its facets and to meet it unreservedly, you have to throw your previous experiences with whiskey overboard. Then, however, it seems less bad than you think with the first sip that it is. After the third glass I finally found the smell to be the most pleasant. But I still couldn't get anything from the taste. And the aftermath still took some getting used to. Overall, the whiskey looks very young and unbalanced.
    • Nose
      68 68
      Burned green waste comes to mind first. A slight sweetness can be seen subliminally. Associations of dusty earth and a bitter freshness follow, reminiscent of agave or dry tequila.
    • Taste
      66 66
      Much sweeter on the tongue. It tingles on the tongue. Again light smoke, which, however, changes into metallic-earthy taste notes. Is that tobacco, an ashtray with a millet joint still glowing in it, or the taste of the jungle with an elephant dung topping? One faces the problem of not being able to make sufficient comparisons when tasting. The ingredients in the whiskey production seem to have been too strange ... or at least too unusual for western whiskey lovers to be able to correctly interpret the smells and taste nuances here.
    • Finish
      64 64
      For some, the finish is probably not short enough to quickly escape this taste tornado that had a brutal effect on you. Images of a mix of dusty dirt and bland grain emerge again.

  6. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 60 points Connoisseur

    A freak whiskey, aromatic chaos, nothing goes together. Objectively not a pleasure, but somehow exciting. Everything for science.
    • Nose
      Immediately grassy, bitter, burnt green cuttings, in the background indefinable sweetness, almost unpleasant. Far from tasty.
    • Taste
      Then bitter, green, smoky in the mouth, but who knows these lianas (clematis) that you once infected yourself in your youth? In addition, sour fruit notes, everything very wild and inharmonious.
    • Finish
      That also pulls into the finish. Ashtray, dry, sweet, musty, sweet, young, immature, and unfortunately the aftertaste doesn't go away.

  7. LaddieNerd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    An experience that you don't necessarily have to repeat. Various notes that I've never had in a whiskey ;-)
    • Nose
      85 85
      Metallic, dates, figs, candied dried fruits, tobacco with subtle grass notes.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Tobacco, fig ... there is another dominant note that I have never had in a whiskey and simply cannot assign.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Tobacco stays here, too, dates, wholemeal toast.

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