Heartgow Winter 2021

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Seasonal Collection
1st fill Sherry, Port & Malaga Hogshead
Number of bottles
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
02 dec 2021 12:34 pm by TheMaltman2020

Average value

€ 75.51

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27 × member ratings

104 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Heartgow Winter 2021

8 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.00 points.

  1. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    I like the flavor profile very, very much. However, I see major weaknesses in the viscosity. So the aromas cannot work ideally. The malt looks more like 40% than 48%. It's a shame, because a much higher rating would have been possible here.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very interesting. A mix of flavors that you first have to break down. A potpourri of wild berries, mountain peaches, ricola, perfume, smoker's lavender, pipe tobacco, apple and plum compote. Alcohol well integrated.
      Complexity 90 points, but the intensity could be higher. I find it difficult to identify everything.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Quite sweet on the palate at the front, but not as sticky as is often the case with hammer mills. Seasoning and dryness are in balance with the sweetness.
      So far I have looked in vain for peat. There might be a hint of wood smoke, but it is hardly noticeable. The flavors are complex, berries, black tea, coffee, nuts, burnt caramel - but not very intense. A few% more would probably have looked good on the malt. The oiliness is missing, the malt appears a bit "watery".
    • Finish
      80 80
      This lack of oiliness then takes revenge in the finish, which other bottlings from the hammer forge could do better and more stable. It's a shame, because I just like the aroma very much

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  3. glendronach64 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Got it on sale for just under €60. For this price it's okay. I wouldn't spend more money, there are better ones from the hammer forge.
    • Nose
      70 70
      Fruit and sweetness rise quite mildly, but also some campfire smoke into the nose.
    • Taste
      80 80
      In the mouth, a lot of fruit and sweetness spread so intensely that I didn't notice the smoke, but some dark chocolate appeared instead.
    • Finish
      80 80
      In the finish the smoke is back and sticks long and sweet on the palate.

  4. Smile99 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. Gogopro52 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A very very nice daily winter dram. Solid, mature, fruity, smoky, oily and complex.

    75 euros with which you can't go wrong here.

  6. RJKrueger scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    What a nice, tasty whisky that doesn't just go with the winter.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Nice, smoky-spicy, exciting and complex nose. Completely different smoke aroma, which is created by combining different smoking processes. But the fruity notes are also very promising. Here, too, a rather difficult mix to name due to the different barrels, but very tasty.
    • Taste
      88 88
      And the taste absolutely lives up to what the nose promises, is even sweeter and more palatable. The 48% drinking strength is perfect and the alcohol can hardly be felt.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish could be a little longer, but it is definitely very pleasant and contributes without adding unpleasant notes.

  7. Big_Alex scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Hello what a flavor bolt.
    It is always amazing how the hammer forge manages to get so much flavor and character in young whisky. And it was here that all the buttons were pressed to achieve complex aromas. The raw brandy was obtained by switching between Alrik (beech and ash wood smoke like the butcher's), Emporers Way with smoke from north German peat and non-smoking malt. There is everything inside that creates subtle roasted and smoke aromas. Then this storage in first fill hogsheads from Sherry, Port and Malaga barrels. A strong fruity note with apricot, vanilla and honey remains in the foreground in the nose. The smoke is still subtle in the nose. In the mouth, the complex, sweet aromas reappear, with the smoke and peat becoming a bit more prominent here. A mixture of dried fruits with lightly burnt vanilla pudding? Simply great! The alcohol strength of 48% fits perfectly, water is not necessary. The finish is warm and medium-long, I would like a little more sustainability here. That is certainly the tribute to the rather youthful age.
    All in all a really good dram that fits perfectly into winter time.

  8. whiskynews did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Distillery Notes:

    HEARTGOW - A new name for the unique single malts that are created whenever you switch between batches or distillates. This results in completely new taste profiles that cannot be captured by the ALRIK, EMPEROR'S WAY or WILLOWBURN brands.

    Of course we are playing with the topic of smoke here, but it is really a different smoke, greasy, but not a campfire, peaty but not ashy, but perfectly balanced in the middle and developed in an extraordinary, "Iberian" barrel combination.

    A total of 1056 bottles with the best drinking strength of 48% vol. Bottled - of course, all of our single malts are made without coloring (non-colored) and without cold filtration (non-chill-filtered).
    Like all HEARTGOWS, this malt comes without packaging.

    The main flavors:

    sugared almonds
    cotton candy
    Wax jacket
    antique leather
    Smoked bacon

  9. glenrob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90


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