Dram Review: Fannys Bay Barrel 13

[65.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release of 39 Bottles]

Nose:

The nose is on the spirit-y side but it has attained quite extensive cask characters with chocolate sauce and an abundance of grapes and blackcurrants whilst being herbal and dusty.

Palate & Finish:

An explosion of sticky sweetness from the raisins and cola.  The delivery is on the hot side but it’s quite chewy.

Brown sugar syrup, raisins and chocolate with a dose of menthol.

Thoughts:

A youngster that has sucked everything out of the “Australian Port cask”, the relationship between the cask and spirit however could use some more refining..

Cheers Brian for the wee dram, much appreciated.

-Nicholas

Dram Review: Fannys Bay Barrel 10

[60.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release of 39 Bottles]

Nose:

A heavy “Australian Sherry cask” here, dark chocolate and raisins with the tone setting quite low.  Though at 60% and quite young the new make notes have been masked rather well by the alluring fragrance from the wood.  The dram captures the sweetness and acidity of the raisins and maraschino cherries well, and in addition a pleasant surprise with the prosciutto.

Palate & Finish:

There is an interesting saltiness from the wood that helps draw out the intense sweetness.  Despite the thickness attained, the new make characters still remain noticeably intact, however the delivery is not overly hot and is soon complimented by dark chocolate and sticky figs.

Soft finishing as the syrup disperses leaving traces of raisin notes behind.

Thoughts: 

Not a bad cask at all, like many Australian whiskies this could perhaps use some more maturation to polish out the new make characters but otherwise it shows that the distillery is on track.  Very much a sound progress report.  Welcome to the game Mr. and Mrs. Cooper.

Nicholas