Wednesday, 3 October 2018

TBWC Scotch-Japanese Blend 21yo Review

Hi everyone,

April 2018 saw That Boutique-y Whisky Co (Atom Brands, AKA Master of Malt) being bought by the much larger company InBev, who own Budweiser. They stopped shipping to the US but few other changes occurred.
This one is an innovative, perhaps Adelphi inspired, take on whisky, blending Japanese and Scotch.
Are these two things related?
Probably not, but in my mind it looks like someone pushing crap whisky onto the public by screaming ‘JAPANESE!!’ Which, isn’t a bad way to sell whisky but falls short of TWBC’s quality standards in this case. Just my two cents…
 
Scotch-Japanese Blend 21 TBWC 43%
Colour: Dark Gold
Body: Light
Nose: Quite grain driven, almost Bourbon-like corn, creamy, some sharp oak, very dry leaves.
Taste: Soft and creamy, lacking a lot of power, lots of grain, some strawberry, a little vanilla.
Finish: Short length. Lacking, some late strawberry.
Disappointing. Tastes like there’s a lot of Grain whisky in this one, with very little malt. There’s very little complexity for 21 years, no power to speak of whatsoever and the balance is majorly off. I would like to apologise for being harsh but TBWC is usually so good that this is quite a shock.
64/100

Thanks for reading!

Whisky Network Review #805

Network Average: 75.1
Best Score: 94
Worst Score: 12
0-49 Terrible
50-59 Bad
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70-74 Good
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