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Overeem Single Malt Whisky Port Cask

Tasmania Kicks Butt...Again!

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@SquidgyAshReview by @SquidgyAsh

5th Dec 2013


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It's December which means Christmas is right around the corner I figured I'd post some write ups on a few of my favorite whiskies that I've yet to review.

First on the block is Overeem. Specifically the cask strengths. I've posted reviews of the entry level Overeems which are quite enjoyable, but as with most things whisky related in my life, it's the cask strength where it's at.

I'd encountered Overeem at the Whisky Live Perth this last year, which is where I first tried their entire Overeem range. And I knew I needed some bottles.

This bottle is from cask 21, and as with the entire cask strength range of Overeem, sits at 60%. I'm going to guess that it's roughly 4 to 5 years old, and has spent it's entire life in Port barrels.

This is bottle 103 out of 125 bottles from the cask.

The nose is very lovely, as with everything Overeem I've tried, with spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, burnt caramel, vanilla, grapes, and some slight citrus on the nose.

Big on the palate, the 60% makes itself known, with big flavors. Some slight fudge, vanilla, lots of vanilla in fact, some of the spices, nutmeg more then cinnamon, grapes covered in vanilla, delicious.

The finish is big and spicey with the cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and more vanilla.

Once again I have to be honest I'm surprised at how much Overeem has impressed me within the last 9 months or so. They literally came out of no where for me and have been consistently sitting at one of the top Australian distilleries in my opinion. Even better is that they haven't priced themselves too far out of the Australian whisky market with their entry levels running at around $130 and their cask strengths sitting at $180.

Tomorrow I review the Sherry Cask Strength, easily one of my favorite whiskies that is always in my cabinet!

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systemdown commented

This is my favourite Overeem CS so far. You said the Sherried was better, do you still hold that opinion?

9 years ago 0

SquidgyAsh commented

Yep! Completely! Was talking to Jane last week and she was laughing as the new whisky bible states the sherry cask CS is the better whisky. Said I had something in common with Jim Murray which might be scary :D

9 years ago 0

systemdown commented

Hahah! That's hilarious.. we'll just have to agree to disagree. Or we can just say that they're BOTH great whiskies =D

9 years ago 0

SquidgyAsh commented

I'm going to go with that they're both great whiskies, I just think the sherry is better. HOWEVER amusing insight, all of the Americans and Scots that I've given samples of both to, have enjoyed the sherry over the port. None felt either was bad. Almost all of the Aussies felt the port was better then the sherry.

Aussies make port, not so much sherry, Larks and many distilleries over here use port casks more then sherry casks in my experience so maybe due to the ready supply of port casks Aussies have developed a taste for Port cask whiskies?

I mean Larks and Heartwoods are almost all port cask correct?

9 years ago 0

sengjc commented

My favourite of the current Overeem lineup too.

Lookout for their new bourbon cask release.

9 years ago 0

systemdown commented

Very interesting observation @SquidgyAsh.. we Aussies do like our Ports. I haven't really had a lot over the years (compared to some), but maybe you're onto something there? Could my taste buds be biased towards Port? Hmm..

9 years ago 0

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