Dram Review: Redlands Small Cask Matured RD018

[46.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release]

Nose:

The nose is tight initially, vaguely floral with traces of ink used in Chinese calligraphy.  It’s a touch yeasty and earthy.  The Port influence only arrives much later on.

Palate & Finish:

The palate is typically Port influenced.  Dark fruits with a pleasant grassy spirit note coming through before becoming a jammy affair.

A light mellow finish but in a somewhat surprising twist it stretches on, wee citrus and faint notes of toffee treacle and dark hot chocolate.

Thoughts:

It’s a single cask but it’s in fact an easy-to-drink Aussie with a fair palate.  The subtle finish exceeds the standard swiftness young Aussie whiskies tend to exhibit and in fact it fares longer than the palate.

The decision to bottle at 46% perhaps was driven by supply but I am quite glad that the end product achieves a decent balance as a result.

I like this as some sort of a general release and I hope they can keep up with the consistency but who knows how all the small casks will turn out..

-Nicholas