South African single Grain whisky is once again under the microscope at the ocdwhisky headquarters but this time I am delighted to have the 15 year old version at hand.
This is the new edition recently released into the travel retail market..Initially there was 2000 bottles released around June 2018 for the Mandela Centennary celebrations and the special guests attending the Barack Obama speech and gala dinner.
This 15 year old is the oldest grain whisky to be sold from South Africa and is certainly causing a lot of interest from those that already know just how good the original release of the Bain’s Cape Mountain whisky has been..
Hailing from the James Sedgwick Distillery under the watchful eye of master distiller / master blender and creator of Bain’s whisky Andy Watts, this 15 year old is a continuous result of further maturation from the original single grain release.
This 100% South African yellow corn single grain whisky is initially matured for 3 years in First fill bourbon casks before being re casked for a further 2-3 years in a second set of First fill bourbon casks, this double matured whisky is then given a further 10 years of maturing in both 3rd and 4th Fill Bourbon cask before bottling..
Andy Watts commented “ I re casked the original Bain’s whisky into a third set of American oak casks for further maturation and tasted the whisky regularly in order to check its progress, at 15 years this whisky was at its optimum and so it was bottled.”
Nose: Vanilla leads into banana, pineapple and a little citrus note, soft chocolate aromas blend into subtle spices, honey and toffee notes.
Palate: The spices are elevated and lead perfectly into the fruitiness.. Ripe banana and pineapple mix so well with vanilla, toffee and a little cinnamon then a softer ginger cake flavour arrives with a little dried fruit towards the end..
Finish: Lingering spices with a tropical twist..
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