Growing Wings Mt. Difficulty Ex Pinot Noir Cask No. 301

ABV 67.5%
REVIEWED Issue 184
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Brand: Cardrona Distillery
Expression: Growing Wings Mt. Difficulty Ex Pinot Noir Cask No. 301
Type: New Zealand Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 67.5%
Country/Region: New Zealand
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Issue 184
Tasting notes
Taster   Phoebe Calver
Nose: Like a bakery window full of sweet pastries, an apricot Danish with a hint of icing sugar, then pitted dates and mascarpone. Then a tang of red wine vinegar and maple syrup.
Palate: Back with the pastry, but this time it’s more like a red berry–filled doughnut, followed by grilled peaches with whipped cream. It’s very fresh.
Finish: Freshness lingers with more of the red berries and a hint of wood spice tickling.
Comment: This is getting me in the mood for a summer picnic full of sweet treats and (hopefully) sunshine.
Taster   Christopher Coates
Nose: Blackcurrant bubble gum, lime cordial and tutti-frutti ice cream. A little prickly, with gingerbread, cinnamon and nutmeg. Coconut ice and pear drops.
Palate: Concentrated blackcurrant candy and mixed candied peels, with candied raisins and sultanas – like mincemeat filling. This gives way to pear pie, black cherry and cloudy apple juice.
Finish: Medium. Fades on fresh blackberries and ripe pear, with sweet pastry.
Comment: Hot, but not as hot as the ABV suggests. Flavourful and moreish.
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