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- Brand: The Nant Distillery
- ABV: 43%
So my wife, daughter and I often walk from home down to the Salamanca Market (a Saturday institution here in Hobart that has been going on for decades now - if you ever travel this way, you should drop by Salamanca on a Saturday to have a stroll around) - it's a good way for us to get a couple of hours of activity on a weekend and get some fresh air. Normally we just get something to eat when we get there and get Zoe (our little girl) out of the pram while we sit and eat on the Parliament lawn. Today however we came across a stall set up by the Nant Distillery spruiking their product. Naturally I went over and got myself a free sample, and was quietly impressed by their product.
Then the amazing part, my wife in a moment of weakness, said I could purchase a bottle. So before she had a chance to reconsider, money was exchanged and a few moments later this bottle was packaged up and on it's way home with us!
The Nant Distillery has only been releasing product now for a couple of years, and this bottle (according to the blurb that came on a tag with it) was bottle number 26 of Cask #6 and was aged in a 100L french oak port barrel. The bottle contains a warning that the product may show a slight haze because it hasn't been chill filtered - so we are off to a great start!
The nose is full of red fruits, raisins, cinnamon and caramel. Some subtle floral notes, and maybe a hint of licorice? Very pleasant, and quite robust.
The mouth feel is warm and creamy, while the taste is full of raisins, cinnamon, dark chocolate, gently roasted coffee beans and sweet licorice - really sweet, warm and inviting! This is just complex enough to keep you guessing sip to sip and has plenty of punch - it certainly doesn't come across like it is bottled at 43%!
The finish is long, and warm, starting with the flavours from the taste - raisins, cinnamon, dark chocolate, coffee and licorice, and the savoury flavours fade, leaving the raisins and licorice and a slowly emerging oak note to balance it out. Warm, sweet and very easy! The aftertaste leaves your mouth watering waiting for the next sip, and it is easy to start your next sip before the last one completely fades.
In my last review of a product from the Nant (here: connosr.com/reviews/nant-disitllery/… ) I was of the opinion that it might be a few years before we saw a real top whisky from the Nant. It took them a bit less time than that!
Nant website: www.nantdistillery.com.au