Dram Review: Iniquity Gold Batch No. 003

[60.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2017-2018・Official Bottling・ Single Cask Release]

Nose:

An elaborated nose of meaty notes and chilli spices, yet it carries some floral aromas with a strong vanilla and cereal presence. An almost Manuka smoke like influence from the background along with some matchsticks.

Palate & Finish:

Lemon cola gummies with a rich honey syrup note punching through. Heavily cask influenced with prunes and vanilla gelling with the malt with some slight suggestions of peat smoke. Creamed honey churned well with cereal to create this chewy mouthfeel.

A finish of soft vanilla custard, slight notes of nuts and minerals, mellow and stretched out.

Thoughts:

An immensely powerful dram with good complexity and a proper finish, but still utterly Australian with the heavy cask influence, a gem of recent times considering that this is a young single cask.

☆ [Recommended]

Thank you Mr. Schmidt for the dram.

-Nicholas

Dram Review: Iniquity Batch No. 008

[46.0%NASBottled in 2017Official BottlingBatch Release]

Nose:

A firm sense of toffee and chocolate on the nose but it’s also slightly herbal.  Even with the leather and mahogany it is inherently sweet and as gentle as it gets for an Australian whisky.  It’s not particularly layered but certainly charming.

Palate & Finish:

Dark blackberries getting crushed on the palate, there’s plenty of life yet with the delivery!  Immense dose of that old Australian Port influence atop a rather herbal smoke base, plated with a splash of cinnamon with touches of burnt toffee and cured Seville oranges.

A soft finish that fades away, a hint of malt and a wee bit of peat, some milk powder creaminess as well.

Thoughts:

Quite rich to begin with, whether the peat adds to the dram is debatable, the cask influence is quite gorgeous as is, perhaps the peat could be more defined.

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]

-Nicholas

Dram Review: Iniquity Batch No. 009

[46.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2017-2018・Official Bottling・Batch Release]

Nose:

A fulfilling dose of baked almond nibs and mahogany. An earthy presence supplemented with dark chocolate and blackcurrants jam. The experience been accentuated by notes of freshly crafted macaroons, black cherries and cured ginger.

Palate & Finish:

Juicy black cherries and liquor soaked oranges interacting with almond macaroons with toffee and caramel fillings. Thoroughly gooey mouthfeel with a bright juicy presence. The leather and oak work subtly to balance the brightness.

Prunes and black cherries with the earthiness stretching the finish, well wrapped in a “Sherry” cask creaminess.

Thoughts:

I quite enjoy the sweet almond-y notes through out.

A gorgeous dram with a well constructed tail.

I would not have quite been able to guess the age and provenience blind..

☆ [Recommended]

-Nicholas

P.S. Thank you Mr. Ian Schmidt for the wee dram, it’s much appreciated.

Dram Review: Iniquity Batch No. 006

[46%・NAS・Official Bottling]

Nose:

Milk chocolate with the tobacco and tan leather notes manifesting a antique vibe. A powdery delivery of raisins that after some time gives way to a gelatine note, crushed mint and basil with just an unpolished edge of spirit coming from the background.

Palate & Finish:

The spiciness is overwhelmingly prominent, cutting through the syrupy nature, milk chocolate together with dried orange slices dripping of burnt molasses. From the mid-palate onwards it grows rather dry with a chalky presence of earthiness, herbal with a bitter aftertaste.

Thoughts:

Valiant effort I suppose, not many Australian distilleries would release this as a 46%, which I thought was the right ABV for this batch to be bottled at..

-Nicholas

P.S. Thank you Mr. Lawrence for sharing this with me!