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Red River

This is a Texas bourbon finished in Pinot Noir red wine casks at the Western Son distillery in Pilot Point Texas.  If you haven't heard of Pilot Point, dont worry about it,  neither had I and I have lived and / or worked in Texas for over quarter of a century!  The nose has some red berry fruits and sweet port wine along with the usual suspects of corn and sawdust.  The taste is smooth on palate with some oak, brown sugar and cola.  The finish has white pepper, green oak and ends with drying wine notes.  It's good... but for me this 42.1% ABV expression misses the fruit from the nose in the taste and finish that would help balance out the bitter / oaky notes of the finish.

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  • Wednesday, 08 May 2013 07:06

    So Many Whiskies: By The Numbers

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    I thought I would use the milestone of over 440 whisk(e)y reviews to analyse exactly what it is I have been drinking over last 18 months since I started www.somanywhiskies.com.  The results I have to say are not particularly surprising given my tastes and location.  440 whiskies sounds a lot (and is some ways it is.... especially when try finding a whisky I have not yet tried in a "typical" store or bar) but when you consider most conservative estimates (and I don't mean that in a Fox News sort of way) suggest the number of world whiskies is comfortably over 10,000 I still have quite some way to go.  Assuming that I could find them at same rate as I currently acquire whiskies it would take me about 32 years to get to 10,000 reviews.   To paraphrase the movie Jaws..... I'm going to need a bigger server.  And an internal digestive tract made of titanium or perhaps the same stuff they make airplane back boxes out of.  Anyway, I digress, below is a very high level breakdown of the first 440....

    255 Scotch whiskies

    89 American whiskies

    31 Irish whiskies

    19 Canadians

    14 Japanese

    Which by my University of Wales maths means 32 fall into the category of "Others”

     

    222 single malts

    175 of 202 Whiskies to Try Before I Die (just 26 to go.... then what?)

    90 blends

    52 bourbons

    15 Rye whiskies

    15 blended malts

     

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    The Home Calling

    This whisky was distiiled at the Tobermory distillery and chosen for bottling after 15 years by Jim Martin, The Malted Muse, for his Whisky Selection range and is available only in the UK.  It is a single cask, one off bottling and comes in at a hefty 57% ABV, more on that later.   So how is it?  Good.  Very good.  The nose has some malt, digestive biscuits even some straw and grassy notes.  There is a sugary sweetness and fruit like tinned pineapple and banana.  The alcohol is also evident in the nose and nosing must be done with due care and attention.  The taste has more malt, vanilla,lemon peel, candle wax and again the alcohol is evident.  The mouthfeel also has some waxiness.  The finish (considering it spent 15 years in cask) is not oaky, it is quite dry with perhaps a whiff of smoke at the end.  With some water the mouthfeel turned from waxy to creamy and the finish became a little more spicy (and the smoke was gone).  Interestingly this has young spirit notes and the complexity of a 15 year old whisky.  It is very complex but rewards patience.  I will certainly look at Tobermory differently now.

    Why not 4 stars?  Only two slight niggles.  For my palate I think it would have been better bottled at 43-48% ABV. I needed a little water to play down the alcohol in the nose and improve the mouthfeel.  Second niggle is fact it is one off, single cask bottling with very limited availability.