But wait, wasn’t this reviewed already?
Yes it is. Correct. However, this is a whisky that was ‘dynamically aged’ on the Thalassa, sailing across the Atlantic a couple of times before being bottled in Terschelling.
Joris, of Dam Dranken on Terschelling gave me a sample of the original whisky as it was before some extra maturation at sea. A great way of comparing between boat-aging and just plain old warehouse aging!
A very heavy nose with quite a young character. Alcohol heat, porridge. Very spirity with an almost eau-de-vie quality to it. After a little while there are more notes of barley and shortbread.
Very young and spirity on the palate too. It is quite hot with a lot of chili pepper and alcohol. Porridge, fudge, lots of oats and barley. There’s some oak, but it’s rather green all in all.
The finish is still hot. Far more hot than I would have expected and that’s something new. Slightly iron-y, but mostly alcohol spirit and a whiff of grains.
I quite liked the finished product, but this one is a different story. The extra aging really added some smoothing of the spirit, and imparted quite a bit of oak flavor to the whisky. It’s miraculous how this one tastes too young and spirity, and the final bottled version is very different. Great too compare!