Sunday, 16 June 2013

NZ Whisky Co 1989 22 Year Old


Spirit Type:
Rating:
Whisky
★★★★★
Score:
85/100 
ABV:
51.4% 
Region:
New Zealand  
Body:
Medium-full
Intensity:
Medium-high (not too piercing) 
Texture:
Medium 
Balance:
Superb 
Best served:
Neat
Theme(s):
Freshness, spicy oak (cloves, nutmeg), chocolate raisin/orange cake, citrus, earthy 

Tasting notes:
Nose: Gusts of freshness swirl in the glass with the beautiful aroma of dried barley as notes of vanilla and dark chocolate raisin cake topped with a wedge of lime add some sweetness and citrus tang to an otherwise earthy character  The oak does not dominate, and instead plays its moderating role while lovely spice in the form of cloves and nutmeg buzz with energy. As the whisky rests, the chocolate raisin cake becomes more noticeable with some roasted mashmallow and shavings of orange peel. 

Taste: A powerful surge of lime and lemon zest cuts through the oak as waves of dark chocolate and vanilla bean mellow the fierce onslaught of spice. This is seriously beautiful whisky, an old New Zealand whisky rescued by NZ Whisky Co and bottled at a great time in its maturation. 

Finish: A strong bitterness lingers on the base of the tongue, almost like a recently consumed honey coated block of dark chocolate. 

Likes:
Sensationally smooth and boasting a beautiful balance, this is very drinkable whisky with a beautiful freshness and earthiness 
Dislikes:
While it is drinkable, the whisky needs (and deserves!) lots of attention to be unpacked properly  
Price:
$206 (NZ) 

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