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Myanmar Extra Old

Attack of the evil peaches

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@maltsterReview by @maltster

16th Apr 2013

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  • Nose
    8
  • Taste
    10
  • Finish
    8
  • Balance
    6
  • Overall
    32

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  • Brand: Myanmar
  • ABV: 40%

This precious bottle of Myanmar Whisky " gold quality" is a gift from Burma. It is a blended Whisky with no age statement but the label says "an excellent whisky - characterized by its lingering aroma and balanced flavour" - so let's give it a try.

On the nose the first impact is really strong, stickingly sweet cheap peach syrup with heavy artificial caramel and rotten vanilla tobacco. Sharp nailpolish kind of refreshes my confused receptors - the structure of the nose is very one-dimensional and feelslike facing a wall of sweetness; really awful.

Although I already knew that this one is up to no good I took the first tiny sip. Will I become blind ? The oily and heavy sweetnes of the peach is obnoxious, it shows bitter and soapy notes of nutrasweet and immediately shuts down all the tastebuds but then the sharp bite of the aceton scars deep wounds into the palate which are filled immediately with the evil obtrusive caramel and vanilla. This one shows no mercy - my palate feels like it has been covered in hot plastic.

The complete lack of refinement makes this witches' brew somewhat entertaining, the interplay of cloying bitter-sweetness and agressive alcohol notes is the only positive thing I can find on the Myanmar. The body is watery and strong - this is dialectic stuff but the finish is nasty and lingering.

The common way people in Myanmar drink this whisky is in ice cold beer and now I know why...

9 comments

@systemdown
systemdown commented

Sounds positively awful.. I've heard that "whiskies" from that part of the world are largely just ENA (extra neutral alcohol) with some flavouring, which could account for your.. erm.. experience. Glad you survived it, though!

5 years ago 0

@maltster
maltster commented

@systemdown, glad you liked it. According to the backlabel this "Whisky" is made if grainalcohol and was matured in oakcasks. It definitely contains artificial flavourings - reminded me of those tree shaped car air fresheners.

5 years ago 0

@olivier
olivier commented

Wow! Sounds like the Bhutanese Whisky I have been trying to get for years (the Bhutanes Army is the only enterprise allowed to produce Whisky in Bhutan). Not expecting much apart from a fun experience.

5 years ago 0

@systemdown
systemdown commented

Wow it actually mentions grain alcohol? Cool! And oak casks! Crazy, up-market stuff, this.. barring of course the box of air fresheners that went into the barrel along with the "grain" alcohol =D

5 years ago 0

@maltster
maltster commented

@oliver, this Bhutanese Whisky sounds interesting...more commonly available is Mekhong Whisky which is also a very special experience... @systemdown, if you ever make it to Austria you'll be most welcome to sample this stuff or just wear it as a fragrance;)

5 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

Are you out of the hospital yet?

'Evil Peaches'...it is almost poetic.

5 years ago 0

@maltster
maltster commented

Thank you for your kind words - yes I survived it and even if this is really nasty I had a lot of fun tasting this one -you can have fun at both ends of the spectrum...

5 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

Oh yes, sampling the grab-bag of questionable spirits gives much entertainment value...assuming that you do indeed survive the experience.

5 years ago 0

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