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Wasmund's Single Malt

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@SquidgyAshReview by @SquidgyAsh

29th Jan 2013


Wasmund's Single Malt
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I was supposed to head to a friends whisky tasting last night, but sadly had to run out to the family business to help out during the public holiday rush. Because of this I decided that when I got home I had to crack open something special.

An American Single Malt Whisky.


Now I'm a huge fan of Stranhan's Single Malt, from Colorado, but this whisky is from Virginia's Copper Fox distillery.

I had no idea what I was walking into as I've never tried the distillery, it's aged from between 14 and 18 months from everything I can find online. Distilled in pot stills, and very small batches, one barrel at a time from everything I've read and heard.

It poured an extremely deep dark golden color that made me grin and ask myself how they get so much color into such a young whisky.

It's got a very odd nose and when I poured it the very first aroma I got was candy canes, lots of peppermint and cinnamon, then the nose evolved in the glass over the course of an hour or so with smoke covered toffee apples coming out, and then slowly some chocolate oranges appearing. There is an aroma of peat that surrounds the rest of the nose, but it's not overpoweringly so.

A very nice and complex little nose that takes a while to open up and show it's sexy little potential.

The nose makes me really eager to take a taste so I'm going to do just that!

Spicy! Spicy and fruity actually!

Pepper, cinnamon, mint, apples, chocolate oranges and faint peat roll around the palate making me smile. God I'm loving what the Americans are doing with single malts!

A very long and dry finish with lingering cinnamon apples ends the whisky and makes me smile.

Lovely, just lovely. This is a whisky that I'd love to run out and buy.

Sadly though I've never seen this bottle for sell in Australia, however looking at prices in Scotland and England I'm willing to bet that it'd run around $100 AUS a bottle.

That would be totally worth it! If you're looking for a whisky that is not quite like anything you've ever had before this is the whisky for you. If you get a chance to try it, do so!

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Pudge72 commented

"God I'm loving what the Americans are doing with single malts!"...have you had the chance to try McCarthy's Oregon Single Malt? It is an Islay style profile with some wonderful notes (including BBQ sauce coating the peat profile) that would hold up quite well in a tasting of Islay whiskies. I believe McCarthy's uses quarter casks (or something similar) and ages their batches for about three years.

If you come across a bottle ever, I am almost certain (based on your appreciation/enjoyment of the Wasmund's ability to present a unique profile) that you would find it to be a worthwhile purchase. As a price reference point, it seems to run in the US$40-$45 range in the US.

11 years ago 0

JeffC commented

I was on a tour there last year, it is about 100km from my house in a lovely location. I could not quite get over the taste, very earthy to me, much more so than the peaty Islay malts. If I recall he malts the barley on the floor of his distillery and dries the malt in part with various woods, including some from fruit trees. I think this might be aged with various pieces of wood infused in the barrels too.

Never seen McCarthys here unfortunately, plenty of Wasmunds though!

11 years ago 0

Victor commented

Haven't tried any Wasmund's Malt Whisky yet, but Dramlette has seen him delivering product himself at her place of business. Jeff, if you want Wasmund's Malt you just have to cross the river!

11 years ago 0

Victor commented

My bad, you have the Wasmund's, but we can give you the McCarthy's!

11 years ago 0

SquidgyAsh commented

@Pudge72 No I haven't got a chance to try McCarthy's Oregon Single Malt yet sadly. Makes me wonder what all I was missing when I was living in the states and drinking 99% of my whisky with coke.

The problem over here is that American whiskies, anything other then Jack Daniel's and bourbons is that they're REALLY not popular from everything I've heard. I was informed that when I grabbed my bottle of Stranahan's (Another sexy single malt that's not like a single malt) that they were not going to bother bringing in anymore american whiskies other then ryes, bourbons and daniels.

However if I find it, odds are I'd pay an easy $120 or so just to try it!

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