Review: The Notch (Triple Eight Distillery)
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