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Charbay 1999/2011 'Hop Flavored Whiskey Release III'

(69.1%, OB, For Los Angeles Whiskey Society, C#1, 48 Bts.)
Average Score: 90
Bottle Profile
TypeWhiskies of the World
Bottler Official Bottling
Brand NameCharbay
Year Distilled1999
Year Bottled2011
Bottling NameHop Flavored Whiskey Release III
Alcohol By Volume69.1%
Other DetailsFor Los Angeles Whiskey Society
Cask Number#1
Average Score90

Maniac Ratings
Krishna Nukala89
Keith Wood91
Oliver Klimek91

Tasting Notes
Keith WoodGlass: Classic Malt - Colour: Glowing amber with a touch of port wine. - Nose: Wow, just wow, I'm almost lost for words. This is lightly perfumed, extremely aromatic, wonderful ... there's butterscotch in abundance, apricot, very perfumed furniture polish, exotic spices with a suggestion of cloves in the mix. - Palate: Massive, warming, glowing and an explosion of flavours on the palate. Oil of orange, espresso coffee, finest dark chocolate, herbs, spices, dark cherries and even some hoppiness, or should that be happiness? Yes, to both. - With 4 drops of water: The nose develops a suggestion of spicy wood alongside that furniture polish, dark cherries and now more cappuccino than espresso coffee. The palate is still massive, but is slightly smoother and more gentle. The dark cherries just exploded into the fore. - Finish: Massive - Overall Impression: A veritable explosion, I'm speechless. Great? You bet it is!
Oliver KlimekColour: Dark copper - Nose: Very strong and sweet, cherries, bitter almonds, hints of cannabis (!), all kinds of spices, notably cinnamon, mixed herbs. - Palate: Doppelbock beer of the Paulaner Salvator kind, amarena cherries, dark chocolate, oranges, all spices and herbs from the nose, hints of chili, rather fizzy mouthfeel. - Finish: Extremely long, fruity and spicy - Overall: I could nose this forever. The beer provenance is very noticeable on the palate, the density of flavours is stunning. But Distilling bottle-ready beer makes this whiskey hideously expensive.