Last Tuesday The Ladies’ Share met again. This evening the theme was International Whisky. We had this very interesting line-up from ‘seven’ different countries:
- Auchentoshan Select NAS 40 ABV, Scotland, Lowland
- Teerenpeli 10 YO 43 ABV, Finland
- Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky 5 YO 43 ABV, South Africa
- Nikka Taketsuru 21 YO 43 ABV, Japan
- Mackmyra Svensk Rök NAS 46,1 ABV, Sweden
- Amrut Fusion NAS 50 ABV, India
- Highland Park Dark Origins NAS 46,8 ABV, Scotland, Islands (for the evening we considered Orkney to still be a part of Norway…)
It is hard to select a winner from this evening, but top three were Amrut, Highland Park and Nikka! The most interesting whisky was of course Bain’s from South Africa – my very first taste of whisky from South Africa!
Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky is a 5 YO single grain whisky matured in first fill bourbon casks. The whisky is distilled at The James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington. The distillery has one column still and two pot stills. They are distilling grain whisky nine months a year and malt whisky two months a year. The last month they use for maintenance.
We all agreed on the nose being very sweet and smooth and nice. We got rum and raisins and rich, dark chocolate. Clearly dark confect chocolate with liqeuor fillings on the palate. Quite dry in the finish, like the mouth feel after eating confect chocolate with fillings. We agreed on the whisky reminding us of rum! A really nice, but not typical whisky. The Lady who brought the whisky to the meeting let us know she usually serves this whisky to guests who do not really like whisky…and they usually like this one. I can understand why – smooth and creamy and nice.
My score: nose 22 / taste 21 / finish 19 / balance 21 = 83