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Corti Brothers 7 Year Old, Exquisite Whiskey

Funky, evolving, and delicious

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nReview by @numen

17th Jan 2015

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  • Brand: Corti Brothers
  • ABV: 45.25%

This was from a relatively quickly consumed 1/2 bottle

Nose: This moves all over the place. A soft woody bourbon quality mixed with tobacco, tar, metholated grape juice, and a drop of anise. Rich fruit, this could be a Spanish brandy or port, lighter and less sweet. Ashy with grape jam, plum puree, brown baking spices, brown packed sugar, and vanilla extract. Maybe even rum soaked apple wedges. There's a funky, musty note in there as well.

Palate: On entry, it is very 'Scotchy.' No, this couldn't be a Highland Park, but the there's a maltiness to it. No complaints on that. Of course, it's not a malt, and it's not even from the right continent. Turns eventually to that genre of heavily port-finished bourbons, but less charred barrel. More tobacco ash and less sweet. Spiced sherry, coffee, and fresh fruity sharpness and fun. Acidic grapes and just lovely fruit in the back. That damned musty funk comes out more as well.

Finish: More ash and fruit overlaying a whisky (Scotch malt) that seems rather a combo of a malt and delicate bourbon. The musty note, almost cabbage, was more pronounced when I opened the bottle, but it dissipated and disappeared (from the bottle, not a specific early pour) with more aeration. I never figured out whether I liked it, but it was a distraction while it was there. Atypical on the whole. I really enjoyed and loved this one, especially with some time in an open bottle. Doesn't fit neatly into any tasting category. Ok, drumroll...

Even when there was a funky note, I drank a lot of it, at times trying to ignore the note, other times trying to really focus on the note and figure out what it was and whether I liked it or not. It's like when you burn your mouth from hot tea or chocolate and keep pressing your tongue against the burn to check on it. After a few weeks after opening the bottle, the note was gone and it turned into a rich, decadent, and easily enjoyable experience with no drawbacks/odd note/distraction to me.

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numen commented

This is the Corti Brothers 7 Year Old Exquisite Whiskey, aged in casks that held Mission del Sol wine.

6 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@numen, from what I've seen and tasted with you, you do love funky, I would say. You seem to be describing this as a US malt, and then cast some doubt on that. Do you know what the mashbill is here?

It is good to see you back on Connosr. Are you really back to drinking now? Hopefully so. There was that long absence, then a sort of false start. Are those brandies still a big distraction for you?

In any case please save me a taste of this Corti so I can see if it is as wild and weird as you have found it.

6 years ago 0

numen commented

@Victor, thanks! It's definitely an American whiskey. Per Sku's website, the mashbill is 70-25-5, but there are some rather 'Scotchy' elements to the profile. recenteats.blogspot.com/2014/10/…

I do like a good funk, but the note in the fresh bottle was distracting (at best) and off-putting at worst. Eventually, that note blew off and everything became even more integrated. I loved it, but, for instance, on the LAWS site, it got a B+, B-, and D+. Some will love it, others will hate it.

I hope to be back a bit more; my schedule got the best of me and I didn't have time enough to taste consistently to trust my palate for notes - and even less time to take notes! With luck, my schedule will calm down a bit for me to relax and play on the site (and my cabinet). As for saving you a taste, that shouldn't be a problem. I've still got 5 half-bottles and 3 bottles of the stuff unopened :) I've also still got that large Orpheus sample set aside for you.

6 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@numen, thanks. So it's a bourbon, but a bourbon that no one tasting it blind would think was a bourbon. Interesting that Sku found it puzzling to taste too. Odd category-bending whisk(e)ys can be a lot of fun to review.

I greatly look forward to those samples.

6 years ago 0

@CognacFan
CognacFan commented

@Victor now what is the problem with a little brandy distraction? ;) Good to read you again @numen. Hope to do so on the Cognac forum as well. It's always a treat to have thoughts.

6 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

Well, @CognacFan, I am always happy to drink the brandies which you and @numen brandish. I am just glad to see @numen back carrying on the conversation in the Connosr whisky world.

6 years ago 0

numen commented

@CognacFan, thanks for the welcome. I'm probably not going to post much on the other site. It's easy for me to consolidate non-whisky notes there, but the site itself is so... dead. I also had a lot of trouble actually accessing the site (random errors). C'est la vie! At least Connosr is a fun place :)

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