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Review: The Notch (Triple Eight Distillery)

January 13th, 2009

Another ”advanced” craft distillery here in the U.S. This one is in Nantuckett.  Note the recurring “888″ (Triple 8 Distillery, 88.8 proof, $888/bottle, bottled on 8/8/08).

The Notch, 44.4%, $888
Soft, gentle aroma, with notes of vanilla wafers, marzipan, and bramble. Continued soft, sweet and creamy on the palate, with red and black currant, pear, subtle gin botanicals and lingering anise on the finish. Good oak grit for such a young whisky, which helps to balance the sweetness. Fairly straight-forward, as would be expected for such a young whisky, but very enjoyable. I wonder if this whisky is peaking at eight years old (or at least reached a plateau)? Certainly mature enough to enjoy now, but I would be curious to see this at 12 years old, where it might gain some additional depth and complexity, providing the oak is kept in check.

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 81

5 Responses to “Review: The Notch (Triple Eight Distillery)”

  1. sam k says:

    Be careful what you wish for. At 12 years, it might cost $8888!

  2. sku says:

    Shouldn’t you have at least given it an 88?

  3. John Hansell says:

    Sku, you mean an 88.8 ;)

    But seriously, it’s a pretty decent 8 year old whisky. But that price…

  4. Jon W says:

    They must have meant $88.8…

  5. Jon NYC says:

    Funny, tried it at the Whiskey Live event in NYC last night, it was a pretty decent scotch for eight years. They also had a ten year which I found to be of less character. But agree to all, it was definitely not worth the 888.00 price tag.

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