The Cardrona

Growing Wings

ABV 61.2%
REVIEWED Issue 173
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Expression: Growing Wings
Type: New Zealand Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 61.2%
Country/Region: New Zealand
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: Clove and cinnamon spiced flapjacks still warm, layers of ginger and candied orange peel. Rolled oats and orange barley sugar sweets.
Palate: The flapjack theme continues with toasted oats, pine nuts, sugared almonds. There’s rich dried fruit here too, plump raisins, figs and stewed prunes.
Finish: Everything starts to sweeten up with chocolate Hobnob biscuits and toasted marshmallows.
Comment: Has the swagger of youth to it but also some serious quality.
Taster   Christopher Coates
Nose: Fermenting apples and almond butter. Pork crackling, Oloroso sherry, and a skiff of marmite on toasted rye bread. Some orange zest oils, too.
Palate: Burned butter, roasted chestnut, and well-toasted brown bread. Quite savoury, with beef stock and mushrooms. Raisins and Medjool date linger under it all.
Finish: The buttery, nutty notes linger on.
Comment: Hot at first, it mellows out a little with time. The sherry cask is a little heavy handed for my taste, but those who like sherry ‘bombs’ will love it.
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