Thursday, September 29, 2022

Review: The Whistler Calvados Cask Finish Batch 2

Color (5%):  nicely golden, not quite as dark as expected, though used casks don't add a ton of color I suppose. 4/5

Nose (10%): Smell is a hair hot in terms of alcohol, though I am a little out of practice when it comes to the nosing. you do get some roasted apple notes, but not much sweetness. my nostalgia goggles put this up pretty high because I remember batch one and I loved it. I don't remember if that one was filtered or unfiltered, but this punches much more clearly as unfiltered. 8/10

Palate (20%): This must be a different apple variety than I remember. It's very pear forward actually. It may be a bit warm heat-wise but not as bad as the nose suggests. I can believe within a reasonable doubt that this is 43%. Sequential sips make it easier which is the desired effect. I do want to keep going back for more. It washes over you and is clean and crisp. There's a nice creamy body to it. 19/20

Finish (10%): The apple flavor is gorgeous after you swallow it. It lingers for a medium-low amount of time, the dryness does stick longer than the flavor for sure. 7/10

Overall Impression and Harmony (30%): Tasting this neat, as the first whiskey I've had neat in a while, it is very good. The first impression was a mild shock but I got used to it very quickly so I chalk that up to my own inexperience or taste atrophy. After a few sips, this really is addictive. clean, to full, to clean, to full. 29/30

Retry on Ice (25%): That's still very good. Ice mutes the softer apple notes slightly but also allows me to not notice the heat of neat whiskey. the dryness stays. I like that. The finish is a hair shorter but the dryness stays. This is great session whiskey, great outdoor fall whiskey, 23/25

Total Ranking: 90% Legendary, Amazing, Great, Good, Fair, Average, Tolerable, Swill

Estimated Fair Price: $79
Actual Price: $40 

Conclusion: Not quite as stellar as my nostalgia remembered but also damn fine. I haven't tried neat whiskey in an evaluative sense in a bit, but this genuinely was pretty easy to take. I'll buy this every time I see it. This needs to be in my home. I'll buy a backup bottle of this for when it goes off the market again. Is it perfect, no not today, but my tastes ebb and flow, that said I'll kill a bottle of this in a weekend if left unsupervised, regardless of my mood. Buy it! But leave me one on the shelf. I asked for weeks when this (batch 1) would come back. Now it's back and I remain elated. 

Fact Sheet:
Distillery Location: Boann distillery, co. Meath Ireland
ABV: 43%
Method: chateu du breul calvados cask collaboration, non chill filtered

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