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Overeem Single Malt Whisky Port Cask

Uff ho!

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@MaltActivistReview by @MaltActivist

28th Apr 2014

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  • Taste
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  • Finish
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  • Overall
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Now this is what I call a stunner! Where I come from the phrase when you are knocked off your ass with awesomeness is 'Uff ho!'

I had the chance to taste this spirit from a sample bottling (which is why I don't know the cask number of this single cask spirit) and was completely blown away.

I'm pretty sure other casks will be in the same brilliant league as this sample.

Old Hobart got it's license in 2005 and is the brainchild of one Casey Overeem who tried his hand at micro-distilling many winters ago in Norway and decided that was his dream. And boy what a dream!

There are two versions of the same spirit served up at different strengths. One at a measly 43% and this one at a perfect 60%. Well, to be fair I haven't tried the 43% offering but I'm not sure if I want to after the 60%.

Matured in French Port Quarter Casks the spirit cannot be more than 8 years old. Could be younger but certainly not older given that the distillery started working in 2005. I'm guessing hot Australian summers are key to such intense maturation at a young age. Very much like the various Amruts out there.

Nose: Deep deep caramel, chocolate, roasted cocoa beans, mocha chino and dark oranges. Like stepping into a marmalade barista. Creamy and amazingly robust nose feel. Crumbling wet brown sugar with a hint of woody rose and dark honey. Finally warm clove to round off a stunning nose.

For want of a better I feel the nose is smack in the middle of Amrut Intermediate Sherry and Amrut Portonova. You'll know what I mean when you stick your nose in the glass.

Palate: Now let me tell you something. In my hometown there is a small bakery called the Bombay Bakery (no, I'm not from Bombay in case you're wondering). They have been there for over a hundred years and they sell the most amazing Coffee Cake you will have ever tried in your life! This palate is a carbon copy of that cake! It literally took me back to my childhood.

The creamy coffee cake explodes on your palate amid a shower of cloves and cardamom. Moist ginger digestives lathered in maple and chocolate syrup with a dusting of cinnamon powder. A beautifully textured experience.

Finish: Long and gorgeous. Lots of spice. Lot of chocolate. And, oh, that Bombay Bakery Coffee Cake.

I had heard good things about this whisky. Just how good it was going to be I had no idea.

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8 comments

@MaltActivist
MaltActivist commented

I should clearly mention that this is a Tasmanian whisky!

8 years ago 0

@vanPelt
vanPelt commented

Amazing! I must have placed my order for this bottle, tonight, at the same time you were posting this review. This sounds incredible; I'm even happier about my order! Especially with your comparisons to Amrut. Now I will be really curious to see how it compares to Sullivan's Cove's.

8 years ago 0

@MaltActivist
MaltActivist commented

@vanPelt Did you get a chance to try this? I'd love to hear what you think about it...

8 years ago 0

@systemdown
systemdown commented

Nice review, this is my personal favourite out of the Overeem CS range so far. The majority seem to prefer the Sherry 60% but for me.. Port all the way!

The Australian distillers have so far found some amazing casks to mature their spirit in but more to the point, I think the attention to detail and small batch processes make for an outstanding product.

8 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

Hot stuff! I hope to try this one one day.

8 years ago 0

@vanPelt
vanPelt commented

@MaltActivist - Well, I was hoping I could hide..., but now I have admit: I had not realized that your review was for cask strength! (I realized it just moments after I submitted my comment.) I had actually only found the 43% version; and no, I still have not found the chance to try it. So actually I would be curious to hear your thoughts about adding water! Hopefully I can still catch a glimmer of your "Uff ho" experience...!

8 years ago 0

@vanPelt
vanPelt commented

Finally got to try! I will write a review later, but my experience was very different from your description. I will be describing it more as passion fruit and daiquiri-- not chocolate, coffee cake, and spice. So something has changed... Would you sacrifice a small amount of yours and cut it down with water? I'm actually curious whether it's the same stuff...

8 years ago 0

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