Whisky Review: Sullivans Cove American Oak Single Cask HH027

Nose:
Elegant perfumed nose. Soft, intoxicating floral honey notes closely followed by the steaming fragrance of glutinous rice wrapped with oily reed leaves. Delicious! Creamy sweet and also very refreshing aroma. Back there we have vanilla cream puffs and a drier touch of cornflakes, rice cracker and coconut shreds. Very beautiful.

Palate:
Much softer on the palate. A quick flick of burning spice, with the pineapple sweetness took a short while to catch up. Then it has transcended to a graceful blend of floral, fruity and vanilla delivered delicately. Thinned honey and coconut cream notes are highlighted with subtle orange notes at the back palate. Hint of green bamboo leaves and mochi rice cake towards the end.

Finish:
Citrus, vanilla, floral and cornflake notes all tangled together. Long tender sweetness lingers.

Thoughts:
Impressive. Exquisite aroma with great complexity, delicate texture and simply delicious. I feel it is not only the American oak, but also the spirit has made a great contribution to the flavours which makes it rather unique. I quite like the current abv level (47.5%), which gives a nice spice control, although I feel the palate delivery is quite reduced as a result. Nontheless a pretty good drop. Very close to 1 star.

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/distillery]

[47.5% • 2015 • Original Bottling • Single Cask • Non Coloured • Non Chill Filtered • Cask Number: HH0277 • Bottle Number: 94 • 230 Bottles • Approximately Aged 15 Years • t+]

-Esmond