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Whisky Reviews for Carsebridge Batch 1 TBWC
5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.62 points
- If you hold it in the mouth and release you get a concentrated buttered popcorn experience. The bitter note is almost the result of too concentrated an experience. This lingers into the aftertaste/finish. In terms of lingering around and turning from sweetness to cloying butter it is more a medium length.
- Primarily oak, but subtle; an oddly fresh (seriously) sawdusty smell. And I'm not being hyperbolic -- it's sawdust through and through. However, also clearly not a fresh wood barrel as it would just be undrinkable if so. It's the perfect treatment for an old bourbon barrel -- it has drawn the sugar caramels out of the wood over the course of more than half a century without too much oak influence. Yes, the wood is strong, but in a way bourbon is not. The nose is like a light bourbon with a ridiculous sweet, vanilla note that is impossible to find in something less than a handful of years old. There's an interesting similarity to rum in its sugary sweet and strong caramel smell. Taste is much the same. Finish adds a really strong tobacco note that is like the remembrance of having smoked a great cigar. Really a unique experience.
It's not complex, no. But it's a curious bipolar mix of oak and vanilla that really cannot be found without sheer age. At first I was disappointed in the lack of complexity, but it really is a special bottle to have on the shelf. Not something I'll go back to frequently but an interesting study on the effect of age in a barrel that was likely on its last legs.
- N: Could have sworn it said 260 bottles on the label. Fruity, bubblegum corn, and many biscuit & caramel based dessert snacks - sometimes all you want is creature comforts.
T: Woody varnish and sawdust mixed into a tub of vanilla-emulsion - classic old grain this, not overly sweet. There are berry notes to be gleaned, fresh berries over cream.
F: There’s so much [single] cream, wavering around savoury-sweet freeze-dried yoghurt, occasionally deeply [oaky] sour [cream]. Thick, dry, cream-vanillas congest the palate. Long finish for a grain
C: Definitely more to this than a novelty buy but my money is on the 'younger' 42yo vintage WB i tried earlier.
Scores a B-
- Dave Broom from scotchwhisky.com says:
Now then. What is this – some ancient (really ancient) Canadian whisky, or an oaked but balanced Bajan rum? No, it’s grain. There’s oak aplenty here without it being woody (which is some achievement), suggesting a grain with muscle. There’s toffee and dark chocolate – hell, it’s millionaire’s shortbread. But also blackberry and summer pudding, then maple syrup, toffee apple, then butterscotch and cooked corn. Sweet, sweet, sweet.
You guessed… but while the sweetness isn’t that surprising, the manner in which the fresh, wild red and black fruits flood the mouth with juice sure is. Sticky with fruit sugar, Spangles. Who says that grain doesn’t mature?
Long and creamy, with increasing oak notes.
It’s slightly OTT, but what is fascinating is how complex, old, oak-aged spirits begin to acquire shared personalities. Oh, and it’s a steal at £252.
Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt
Rounded and creamy with floral notes (iris) integrated with soft fudge
and buttery pastry. Further depth is offered by some fruit in syrup.
Palate: More of the same deliciousness - creamy, perhaps even richer, with fresh vanilla pods, thick caramel and cedar.
Finish: Extremely long. Was that whisky or caramel sauce? Superb.