Dram Review: Corowa “Mad Dog” Morgan (Distilled on 19 March 2017)

[46.0%・ NAS・Distilled in 2017・Bottled Circa. 2019・Official Bottling・Limited Release]

Nose:

Weetbix churned with almond butter, a simple, sweet, malty nose; brown sugar caramelising with some sichimi spices and freshly unboxed A4 paper.

Palate & Finish:

Dried muscat grapes giving away an early sweetness, the distillate still rather noticeable, haystacks and spices with some sultana coming through.

Finishes early, digestive biscuits and menthol with more of those malt spirit notes.

Thoughts:

Granted, the Mad Dog is but a young pup, but it’s fair to say that the muscat casks have impressed just about enough flavours onto the spirit.

Later releases hopefully should be more coherent given ideally there would be more time for new make and casks to integrate.

-Nicholas

Dram Review: Corowa First Drop

[63.1%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 320 Bottles]

Nose:

Hot and spicy with some caramel and Christmas spices, youthful spirit wrapping some marshmallow.

Palate & Finish:

Sweet and big prune juices, your typical Aussie Port cask matures whisky packing ample of spices with some blueberry and blackcurrant coulis to go with the prunes.

A swift finish with some menthol and hint of chocolate..

Thoughts:

The First Drop fares better than the Bosque Verde in my opinion, again I think later batches of these American oak Port barrels should have much more depth.

Thank you Mr. Fitzsimons for the sample.

-Nicholas

Dram Review: Corowa Bosque Verde

[56.6%・2 Years Old・Distilled in 2016・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release]

Nose:

Very grassy and still very young, new make-y with pinewood flavoured wax polish. The Port barrels left a faint touch on the nose, with a mixture of meat broth, wet carpet and some toasted seeds seeping through.

Palate & Finish:

Quite acidic on the palate, syrup cured raw strawberries and toffee syrup that turns bitter quite quickly with some spirit hotness coming through.

A rather shy finish with just hint of strawberry sugar carrying through.

Thoughts:

As a New South Welshman it’s great to see another NSW distillery entering the scene. Some minor mishaps are not uncommon from a young distillery’s first few releases. In any case Corowa appears to be here to stay and they should be able to iron things out in due course, welcome to the game!

Thank you Mr. Fitzsimons for the sample.

-Nicholas