Tasting notes by Julia Nourney, Germany, international spirits judge
Belgrove White Rye 40% abv
Nose – Grainey, dried fruit, spicey-very typical.
Taste – Peppery, slightly smokey (surprisingly)Dried mango, dried berries, dough, creamy mouthfeel. Molasses in the aftertaste.
Great taste! Stunning! Could expect an even better taste with a bit of wood.
Barrel aged Rye, 8 months 50 litre barrel 57% abv
Nose – ripe apple, toffee, crème brulee, bitter orange peel.
Taste- Bitter grapefruit, nougat, creamy, toffee, hazelnut, dried plum, slightly spicy.
With water it develops more creamy, nutty, nougat, more spicy, lots of dried fruit.
Recommendation: Transfer for the last ageing period to a more or less neutral cask. For ageing and oxidation.