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N.Z. Malt Whisky Co New Zealand Collection double wood 10 yo

Double wood, Double trouble

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@Robert99Review by @Robert99

15th Apr 2015

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N.Z. Malt Whisky Co New Zealand Collection double wood 10 yo
  • Nose
    17
  • Taste
    16
  • Finish
    16
  • Balance
    13
  • Overall
    62

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Before I start with this review, let me say that it is my first review of what whisky enthusiast refered as wine finish whisky. I am always surprised that when connosr members talk about wine finish they simply discard the fact that Port and Sherry are wines. Maybe that is simply because that Port and Sherry finish are the only wine finish mastered by distillers... yet.

First, keep in mind that all along this tasting the alcool was present. The nose At the beginning a beautiful Bourbon Cask nose soon with a lot of wine brought by a lot of alcool. An unmatched couple never quite mixing. After breathing, a floral nose, red berry wine ans leather, cayenne and cinnamon. Giving time, I've got custard and banana.

The palate First, Custard, banana with tart rasberry juice floating on top. With oxygene, starts the same but dark chocolate joined the rasberry followed by leather and spices. The balance is way better but far from being perfect. The body is thin, but we can feel the tannin and the alcool on the teeth and gums.

Finish Short and long at the same time. The big flavors are vanishing quickly but a two heads evanescent after taste stays for eternity. The vapors are all Bourbon cask while my saliva from my sapping bring back the rasberry. Probably the best part of this whisky.

Conclusion As the title says, double wood doule trouble. The mixed of the two is not there yet, both parts are playing there own partition but not the same tune. I think air will help it a lot over the future months ( probably more than 6). I also believe I would have prefer this whisky finish to be only a Bourbon Cask one, but if you really want to go for a wine finish, I would have probably go for a Sautern finish. If the alcool recessed and if the wine become more integrated, this whisky could go up a lot in the up 80; for the moment, with all this alcool at 40 ABV, the balance is not there and affect a lot the score. I will let you know how this want go in a few months.

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14 comments

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@Robert99, my bottle has been open for more than a year and this whisky has improved greatly...my scores have ranged from 81 to 88.

9 years ago 0

@Robert99
Robert99 commented

@Paddockjudge That is good news for me. I am not surprise because there is a lot of flavors that I like in this whisky but the alcool is a no deal for me with wine flavors. That is why my score is low on the nose and the palate, the alcool is there all the time. As I said, this whisky has the potential to go in the upper 80's. I had a glance at this potential when my glass rest for close to an hour, the balance was already improving. With luck, I will have to edit my score in a few months.

9 years ago 0

@Robert99
Robert99 commented

I will let you know how this "one" go in a few months

9 years ago 0

@Frost
Frost commented

@Robert99 - good review. Is this expression easy to get a hold of up there in Canada?

I agree with you that the best part of this expression is the finish. I find it to be unique on the finish - with some eucalyptus. At first I thought this was strange, as we have the eucalypt tree here in Australia. I did some searching online and discovered that the eucalyptus tree was introduced, into New Zealand in Dunedin, where this whisky is distilled.

9 years ago 0

@Robert99
Robert99 commented

@Frost Mail orders are not legal in Quebec, not even from another Canadian Province. So all those whisky market from US, UK and others countries are not available. I picked this bottle in Ottawa, a two hours drive from my home. I noticed it on there online inventory recently and I phoned and asked them to put a bottle away. We don't have many whiskies from Australia and New Zealand, a few Sullivan's Cove in my town and this NZ COLL, in Ontario that's about it.

As for the Eucalyptus, I was not able to name it, but I do have something fresh and not quite minty that can be it. I am not sure I will have it in a few months since the flavors are getting more integrated. I will not touch my bottle for at least two more months for it to take air,but in time I will let you know if it is still there.

9 years ago 0

@Robert99
Robert99 commented

I lower my score because the wine finish and the vanilla bread dough are not getting integrated in the profile. Even after six months, I avoid this bottle. Even in vatting, I can't get rid of the over the top wine finish and vanilla bread dough. There is not enough lower notes in that whisky to achieve any balance! And I have an unopened bottle,GEE!

9 years ago 0

@Frost
Frost commented

@Robert99 interesting follow up. Six weeks pass your last update, has anything improved? Or is it still going south

8 years ago 0

@Robert99
Robert99 commented

@Frost I never saw your comment. So I went back to that bottle to check and to give you some update. The news are not good. The wine is still up in front. If I try to be positive, I will say that the bread dough flavor is not as present as it was. Please don't ask me for another update ;)

8 years ago 0

@Frost
Frost commented

@Robert99 you're a good sport for testing it out.

I'm not sure if you can offload it to guests.

8 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Can't be as bad as LAMBERTUS...

8 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@Robert99, I'll trade for your unopened bottle of NZ Double. How about a bottle of Canadian Whisky of the Year 2015, Corby"s Lot No. 40?

8 years ago 0

@Robert99
Robert99 commented

@Frost To be honest, it takes only a sip to know this one is winey as if somebody as poor some sour wine in a dram of whisky.

@Nozinan I am up for a head to head if you dare join me!

@Paddockjudge I am not sure I want to do the trade with you, I kind of like you and don't want to upset you... Maybe you could try my opened bottle before making any offer... You may change your mind about it.

8 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@Robert99,

Thank you for being so very considerate; however, I am on my second bottle, the time to offend me has passed.

I will consider your response as a 'maybe'. Should you be so inclined as to part with your unopened bottle, please consider my offer.

We can discuss this, and other possible trades, in the weeks leading up to the Ontario Summit.

8 years ago 0

@Frost
Frost commented

I've tried this expression twice, and I picked up a bottle that remains closed. Here's to hoping I don't replicate your experience @Robert99

8 years ago 0