Dram Review: Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Old Kempton Distillery Redlands Release 5 (Cask No. TIB RD 0014)

[48.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Bottling・Cask No. TIB RD 0014・Single Cask Release]

Nose:

Quite an intriguing sense of milk chocolate, thick caramel and vanilla swirl, a nice richness of crème brûlée and milk tea covering the easy grassy spirit semi-hidden.

Palate & Finish:

Instant richness of deep toffee and walnut pralines conveyed, the dried Muscat grapes bring about a slight hint of metallic zing as a brush of exotic spices and muscovado sugar leads to more caramelised sweetness.

The finish eases off with maple seasoned granola.

Thoughts:

Quite a lovely Muscat cask from Mr. Duckett, his 5th Redlands/Old Kempton release is his best one yet, the rich Muscat influence works well here giving a layer of depth to the otherwise simplistic and easy-going spirit, making the whisky seem more matured.

Such is a whisky maker’s trick that cannot be overlooked, understanding the spirit, hypothesising a cask that will go well with the spirit and shaping your signature style along the way.. this one is close to scoring a star.

✓ [Recommended if you like the distillery/style]

-Nicholas