Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Grain
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Grain Whisky
1st Fill Bourbon Casks
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottle code
LG5 24 H13
Added on
22 sep 2014 6:40 am

Average value

€ 34.21

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80 × member ratings

132 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky

19 users have left 19 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 80.71 points.

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    A nice single grain
    best drunk with a cube of ice (I know, I know) when the sun shines or neat on a
    chilly autumn night.
    • Nose
      The nose is
      honeysweet as is to be expected from a single grain. Loads of vanilla and lemon
      zest. Toffee and some coconut, but also a basket full of almonds. A bit
      spicy. I would say rye bread. Warm custard.
    • Taste
      It is wonderfully
      creamy on the palate with a wonderful spiciness that warms the mouth. Then the
      tastes arrive that I have just discovered as aromas on the nose. Vanilla
      custard and coconut (make that coconut milk) return. It reminds me of the
      better bourbon, in fact. Especially the spices.
    • Finish
      On the (somewhat
      short) finish, the lemon zest returns, followed by the almond. But those
      spices! Those speak the longest.

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  3. JoshNRW scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Much better than expected. I wasn't really expecting anything from a grain like this. What you get is a very, very good grain with hints of a malt. Doesn't have to hide. A solid 100 euro grain.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. MasDen scored this whisky 65 points Newbie

    Quite an alcoholic aroma even after some time it so spirit with some notes of barrels, vanilla, and bourbon. On taste a little bit empty.

  5. g2ther scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  6. Foudos scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  7. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Blindly I would have guessed a bourbon straight away.
    Nose, taste and finish are very reminiscent of a bourbon.
    It is quite tasty and easy to drink.
    Great price / performance ratio.

  8. Calmar scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    100% corn silage consistently aged 5 years in two fresh bourbon barrels, the output is mainly bourbon barrels, very weak presence of corn, mainly in flavor, empty taste, more saturated finish, again purely bourbon, in the end not particularly interesting , but there are no horrors here either - it's possible to drink in pure form, but the Africans' single is very much better.
    • Nose
      Open, moist, very simple, surprisingly little corn, mostly derived from bourbon barrels - vanilla, light coniferous tones and pickled cucumbers with grape leaves, a little boiled condensed milk, only in the background light corn shades and general sweetness and butteriness.
    • Taste
      Oily, harsh, re-strong influence of fresh bourbon barrels - oak, pitch, light coniferous tones, a small peppery wave, quite empty in general.
    • Finish
      Pepper-oily, oak, grapefruit crust, again, even the corn is not felt, very weak popcorn notes.

  9. OnkelBiff scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Nose is full of sweet almonds/marzipan.Very sweet, like a liqueur, initial taste.

    Feels smooth and has a rather typical grain taste in the finish.

    Price/Taste ratio is good, I can recommend it to any whiskylover for the price I paid for it (smth around 27 Euro).
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  10. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Evanescent smoke tip, then caramel, warm fruits that slowly emerge, as well as a hint of citrus and wood. In the mouth, touch of salt. Touch relatively light. Balanced aromas, slightly fruity. Suspicion of wood. Final quite short. He has all of a Scotch for a South African! Enthusiasm 3/5

  11. Daan Tje scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  12. holborndrinker scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A surprising amount of taste for a grain whisky with the sweetness of the bourbon cask coming through - a long lingering after taste.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      83 83

  13. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Sometimes referred to as a five year old [whiskybase!], it’s technically a NAS grain with a maturation length of between 4-5 years. Bain’s website states: ‘We first mature it [Bain’s single grain] in first-fill bourbon casks for a period of three years, we then transfer it to a second set of first-fill bourbon casks for a further 18 to 30 months’. N: After the rough old-styled yet likaeble Cameron Brig WB, we are back to clean & modern, young, vanillin territory. The nose centres around sour, vanilla-coconut ice-cream, toffee, creme brulee [mainly the eggy/vanilla body], and a generous slice of Victoria sponge - so thats plenty of C8H8O3 being thrown out/extracted from the casks. Water brings out more of the wood itself and a little spice. Carbs wise, there’s something savoury in-between ready salted crisps and biscuits - [Carr’s] table water & [McVitie’s] digestives
    T: Innocuous delivery, but pleasing nevertheless - everything is just so, which is another way of saying flawless. The spirit talks of soft, sour cream before moving towards sweeter, vanilla single-cream.
    F: Those bourbon casks have lots to say, both the oak itself and the sweet bourbon extract.
    C: This is decent, young, modern grain whisky, no messing. I reckon it could give the Greenore 8yo a run for it’s money. Let’s see WB.

    Scores a C-

  14. Shane_IL scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This is a fantastic Corn Whisky. It’s very sweet obviously, but has a lovely light character so not over-the-top sweetness. There’s a nice amount of wood influence too.

    Reviewed in my blog:
    • Nose
      Vanilla custard. Banana flavouring. Herbal honey. Slight alcohol note.
    • Taste
      Very vanilla-centric woody note. Banana bread. Dried apricot. Woodspice.
    • Finish
      Medium. Woodspice, banana. Toffee. Slight saltiness.

  15. Helgo scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Overall, it's a bit too bitter and not very complex. Grain and young do not fit together in my eyes. Let's see how it goes on there ...
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      76 76

  16. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    very sweet and tasty, quite soft, strongly reminiscent of bourbon and can easily compete with the better of its price range (here: ~ 30 €)
    • Nose
      soft & sweet, honey, vanilla pudding, caramel
    • Taste
      buttery-sweet, creamy, again a lot of vanilla, caramel, then roasted sugar, a little bit bitter and spicy (ginger?)
    • Finish
      medium long, bittersweet

  17. Poort did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    surprisingly good wisky. it's a single grain wisky, i was a bit biased.  You can realy taste the sweetness and it made me think of a bourboun.
    Taste is Sweet, Toffee, vannilla,
    Seems to me a good wisky wich maybe overlooked but worth a try

  18. magic_slim scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Would be a very good whisky without the aftertaste.
    • Nose
      Smooth and sweet with the aroma of "Juicy Fruit" chewing gum, vanilla and flowery notes at first nosing. Pink marshmallows, artificial fruit essence, paraffin and violets. A pleasant and beautiful smell.
    • Taste
      The first mouthfeel is sweet, candied and fruity with peaches and overripe apricots. But then it fades and gets more velvety and neutral. Easy to drink and pleasant.
    • Finish
      Short with a weak but long lasting aftertaste, dry, slightly bitter and metallic.

  19. checkpointuk scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur
    Color: pale gold
    Nose: a lot of gum with sweet perfume notes, caramelized sugar
    cotton and vanilla.
    Taste: Very salty, lots of lemon, pepper, smoky grain and again gum.
    Finish: Relatively short finish on a salty base, lemon balm, becoming bitter with renewed notes of gum.
    Note: This whiskey could also be briefly described with the following three terms: salt, gum and lemon.
    73 points (nose: 72 / taste: 74 / finish: 73)
    Price: about 25 euros

  20. Willie JJ scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Wonderfully drinkable grain whisky
    • Nose
      Toasted popcorn and vanilla, pears, marshmallows and acetone
    • Taste
      Huge vanilla sweetness. Butter tablet.
    • Finish
      Burnt sugar. Long and slightly drying.


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