At first glance, it seems unfathomable that 3-4 yo Taiwanese whisky would gain ‘under the counter’ status at a whisky festival, hidden from the public gaze and undisclosed to a potentially wider customer base. Price wise however it makes sense given the Solist single cask bottlings are currently retailing for £335 [TWE Apr ’17]. On top of that, this young Taiwanese distillery is selling whisky from the Solist range faster than they can produce it. It’s quite a phenomena given you can acquire a 1967 48yo Tomintoul for the same money as an Asian 3yo. It’s crazy and exciting times.
Guided by his knowledge & expertise of sherry and whisky respectively, Nathan took Chris and I through the ‘under the counter’ Solist range Blog
N: Wine sweet with mineral notes.
T: Woody dessert wine.
F: Sweet, light fresh
C: Despite the wine references, overall I found it more Cognac-like in nature - the grape the common denominator. Not quite as convincing as either of the previous two, but still it scores a thoroughly impressive 87 points.
Scores a B