Dram Review: Overeem Sherry Cask Matured OHD-090

[43.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Cask No. OHD-090・Single Cask Release of 181 Bottles]

Nose:

Stewed fruits and anise with an earthy gun powder undertone.  The intensity of the “Sherry” influence is otherwise subdued.  In time it turns quite herbal, with some clay and oak notes sipping out in a tame manner.

Palate & Finish:

The palate is much more expressive than the nose but still it’s on the moderate side.  Strawberry jam, cinnamon dust, raisins laced with a balsamic vinegar reduction combining seamlessly.   There is a slight yeasty presence but overall a steady delivery with just a fine weave of spices.

Following the dispersing of spices, the finishing is left with a thin layer of buttery caramel sauce and blackcurrant jam and is mildly drying.

Thoughts:

I would easily have picked this as a simplistic vatted Aussie rather than a Tasmanian single cask if I were offer this blind.  There’s something approachable about the new batches of Overeem (this one included) despite being single cask offerings..

-Nicholas

Dram Review: Overeem Red Wine Cask Matured OHD-100

[43.0%・5 Years Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Cask No. OHD-0100・Single Cask Release of 147 Bottles]

Nose:

Dark berries and stewed fruits drenched in chocolate sauce, the oak draws out the typical creaminess one would expect to find in a red wine cask.  The wee malt influence includes a hint of burnt toast, with some cured lemons and sugary strawberry jam in the background, young and on the unpolished side but quite pleasing.

Palate & Finish:

The palate is led by strawberry chewing gum and syrup from the maraschino cherry jar, with a slight burst of acidity.  The red wine influence is present but fizzles out somewhat prematurely as the creaminess swiftly gives way to the oak bitterness that has been sprinkled with light cinnamon spices giving it a bit of a bite.

Hints of liquorice, menthol, strawberry cream and cola in the finish.

Thoughts:

This feels somewhat like a prototype rather than a special cask release.  It’s experimental in nature, Mr. Overeem and Co. probably did not envision that this release would generate as much social media hype as it did.

There are some details that could certainly use some fine-tuning, but what this shows is that there is absolutely no reason why Overeem shouldn’t do more red wine casks in the future and indeed in that sense this is a milestone release I suppose.

-Nicholas

Dram Review: Overeem Port Cask Matured OHD-115

[43.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Cask No. OHD-115・Single Cask Release of 169 Bottles]

Nose:

Hazy strawberry and raspberry fragrances laying path for a lemony and floral affair.  The spirit is slightly yeasty but in time it unfolds into something quite buttery with a likeable cereal base.

Palate & Finish:

An agreeable front palate of light strawberries being paired with vanilla cream, cloudy apple juice with a hint of lemon marmalade before fizzling out, leaving behind traces of burnt toast and bitter wood chips.

Thoughts:

This is a mild and pleasant drop, nothing too complex but certainly not a bad dram to introduce friends to the easy going Tasmanian brand.  The tail perhaps needs some work but I thought the guys nailed the vibe.

-Nicholas

Whisky Review: Overeem Sherry Cask Matured Cask Strength OHD-003

Style: Fruity and Spicy

Nose:
Hazelnut lightly dipped into chocolate with dried raisins. Lemon meringue pie, melted butter and there is some gentle honey waxiness going on. Great freshness from the spice, clean peppermint notes and a few drops of eucalyptus oil which makes it very bright and refreshing.

Palate:
Light but delightfully round delivery on the palate. Gentle forest breeze, slightly diluted honey and fresh red fruits. A surge of peppermint spice hits a resounding tone. Rhythm then slowly descends to dried fruits and nuttiness. Walnuts, almonds, raisins and figs. The oak bitterness gradually emerges, ending with dark chocolate and roasted notes.

Finish:
Honey drizzled sherry cream, raisin and oaky notes sided with a hint of vanilla and lemon tart. Delicate finish.

Thoughts:
My first Overeem, don’t see enough of it due to the incredible demand here these days… Light and delicate with the flavours amplified by the staggering strength and spice which also injects a stream of freshness with spearmint notes. Tremendous complexity, a nice transition from floral and fruity to a round and nutty tone. Well structured and neat. Enjoyable Tassie cask strength!

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]

[60% • 2015 Bottled • Original Bottling • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Cask Number: OHD-003 • 39 of 75 Bottles • Non Coloured • Non Chill Filtered • Sherry Cask Matured • t]

-Esmond

Dram Review: Overeem Cask Strength Port Cask Matured OHD-092

[60%・NAS・Original Bottling]

The nose is intoxicating with a wave of musky fragrance. Chocolate with a faint toasted peanut butter note. The dark port influence interacts well with the oak to give the dram some weight. Not an overly complex nose at first but things are as they should be. The aromas grow even thicker in time, ginger and cinnamon grounded with a lace of incense smoke, and just a hint of sweet popcorn note in the background.

Sweet and sticky on the palate as one would expect from a 1st-filled-port-matured-Australian-cask-strength whisky, that saucy balsamic reduction is dripped all over the strawberry preserves, served on a dark rye toast. A hearty burn that gives way to traces of mint and chocolate.

The dram grows dryer and more malty in the finish. Glazed walnuts and cinnamon dust.

This is deeply satisfying for those in the big-thick-Australian-port-cask cult. No wonder the distillery has gathered such a following, especially when it comes to this particular expression; this is exactly what one wants. If this were a powder form narcotic, it would be purer than anything you could get off the streets.

☆ [Recommended]

P.S: thank you Mr. Lawrence for giving me a spin of this bottle!

-Nicholas