Thanks to /u/Boyd86 for this sample.
I’ve been told not to do many things in life, and they’ve worked out well.
For one thing, I was told not to try New Zealand Whiskies, and here I am, trying it anyway.
I mean, if I listened to everyone, I wouldn’t have tried all the Canadian whiskies I’ve had.
Okay, maybe not the best example. But I went through for Computer Science and ended up in Business… and I was told that is what happen… shit.
I wouldn’t have dated the women that I did…
Oh wait, bad example again.
Alright, so typically people are right, however I’ll not ignore an entire whisky region due to some bad apples. And rough sexual interactions. And losing a year of professional life. And other things.
Dunedin DoubleWood 10 is produced at the Willowbank distillery on South Island. And if you’re wondering what South Island is, it’s the southern half of New Zealand.
Glad they got hobbits, otherwise New Zealand wouldn’t be bringing them in for the names.
Don’t go looking for Dunedin, as the distillery was mothballed back in 1997. All of this was barreled for the New Zealand Whisky Company, which bought up the remaining whisky that was sitting around.
Dunedin DoubleWood 10 is a blend; 70% Single Malt and 30% grain whisky. I’ve said my peace about young grain, so that’s a little concerning.
Finally this is called DoubleWood because it’s aged for 6 years in American-Oak ex-bourbon barrels and then at least 4 years in North Island French Oak red wine barrels.
That’s… a lot to all take in. Damn Kiwis, you’re throwing me off here.
Let’s see how it tastes, shall we?
Price: No longer available at the LCBO
Region: New Zealand
Colour: 2.5YR 2/8
Nose: Grape, raisin, oak, lime, orange, buttered mushrooms, papaya, mint
Lighter than a sherried whisky. More grape than deep flavours. There’s a tropical note to this.
At the same time, it’s quite light. The earthy elements take over, like Aussies and the accents.
Taste: Cocoa, strawberry, cream, peach, pecan, grassy
Again, earth is the up front note on this one. There’s a grassy element to it as well. It’s not a wine bomb, which is odd as it was limited edition and you’d think they’d just do that, however there’s some nice elements here.
Finish: Anise, ginger, cranberry, mushroom, raisin, lemon zest
Ends with more earth, this time meshing a little bit better with the fruit.
Again, like the Aussies now.
Conclusion: Don’t go into this expecting a sherried whisky or something that you’ve had before. It’s certainly unique.
I think I would have liked this better if it wasn’t so light. There’s half notes in here that feel like they should be stronger or more developed or more complex. Or something!
Try this if you get the chance, for no other reason than to have a red wine finished whisky. However I don’t think it’s a must buy.
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