Dram Review: Spirit Thief First Release American Oak Shiraz Cask “Arthur Jennings”

[48.3%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Spirit Thief Bottling・Limited Release of 110 Bottles]

Nose:

Prunes and caramel, the initial gooey sweetness is followed by a diluted jammy presence with some sandalwood and roasted barley.

Palate & Finish:

Sweet, inoffensive delivery of diluted prune preserve, green seedless grapes brushed with light toffee.

Hint of menthol in the finish as the toffee softens out.

Thoughts:

Like its sister release, this was bottled at 48.3%. It seems like a reasonable bottling strength for a young Aussie whisky but the Redlands spirit is so timid that at this arbitrary ABV things feel a bit thin.

I think I would actually like to see this cask at a higher strength so that it packs some Australian flair, right now it’s unfortunately too inoffensive to leave a proper impression.

-Nicholas