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- Brand: Still Waters
- ABV: 46%
I've reviewed single malts from this distillery before, but the usual bottles you buy are batch-specific (if not barrel specific). This bottle, a 375ml from the distillery's "Discovery Pack", has no cask or batch number on it, so I presume it is from multiple barrels. The package also includes a rye and a corn whisky (which you can only get from this pack), all bottled at 46%. As with all Still Water Stalk & Barrel products, these are non-coloured and non chill-filtered. Let's start with the single malt...
The colour is a cloudy, pale yellow. On the nose we have very bright and clear malt, young and light. Meringue, lemon curd, white pepper and kumquats. Very little oak here, which works for it. Mainly citrus and barley sugar here. Water adds a touch of smoke. Very light, aperitif style.
On the palate there is much more spice, and more alcoholic heat than you would expect at 46% (mind you, this has oxidized for more than a year). A bit more oak here with more lemon meringue, chilies, crisp malt and buttered toast. Water adds some earthy spices and tames the alcohol. Not overly complex but interesting.
The finish is malty with even more lemon. You get the dominant theme here. Actually, the lemon is so dominant that it removes potential complexity, and becomes a one-note malt. Which is not a bad thing if you like the note - and I do. But it doesn't sustain continued interest.