During our first encounter with Wasmund’s we decided it is “The bad boy you just wanna go a little wild with and can’t resist!”
Now that I have your attention, shall we delve further into what we found? We first sampled this whisky back in 2013 – completely blind so had no idea what we were in for! We then revisited it in January 2016.
- Colour – A rich almost burgundy hue and we speculated sherry cask… but… ?
- Nose – Paan! Burnt wood, tarka, bit of citrus, strong, bold with some peatiness, almost medicinal. Pine forest, burnt tires, sweet old wood, leather.
- Palate – Has an ‘in your face’ strength, some resin, almost like over-cooked sweet n sour sauce – very full bodied. Spice, wood, smoke, chocolate and coffee.
- Finish – Has some fire yet mellows into sweetness, like a melon, long tail, lasting smoke.
- Water – Adding water opened it up, bringing out a fruity chewiness, some spice of chillies, cardamom and cloves. Yum!
- Overall – We found it a complex whisky with attitude – perfect for winter nights in Delhi or on the ski slopes. Not one to be messed around with! In a verrrry good way.
All were surprised with the unveiling. What is most remarkable is that Wasmund’s is matured for only 12 months yet has such character – strong and interesting!
So… what’s this Wasmund’s all about?
Coming from Copper Fox distillers near the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this whisky is pot-stilled in small batches, one barrel at a time 100% using hand malted, Virginia barley. It is proud to be “the only distillery in the world to use apple and cherrywood smoke to flavor the malted barley.”
Clearly we were off with the sherry cask… instead it is aged in ex bourbon barrels with apple and oak chips. Quite a unique result.
Here’s what the folks over at Copper Fox have to say:
“Rich amber copper color, intriguing aromas and flavors of suede, olive tapenade, honey, dried fruit chutney and clay with a silky, dry-yet-fruity, medium-full body, and long, spicy, orange marmalade on rye toast and root beer float-like finish. Distinctively flavorful and a great choice for artisan cocktails or sipping.”
Bottom line… were we impressed? Yes we were.
Other whiskies sampled with Wasmund’s included:
- October 2013 – Balvenie’s Triple Cask 12 year, The Speyside 12 year
- January 2016 – Tyrconnell 10 year, Clynelish 14 year, Speyburn 10 year
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