Happy Friday my whisky loving friends,
To finish off my reviews of the Discovery Road whisky range I had a sample of the Discovery Road "Smile". This is the last in the range that I'll be reviewing and finishes off from where I started which was the introduction a few weeks back. If you still need to check out the introduction you can click right here.
Discovery Road "Smile" is a 7 year old Dutch whisky made from 100% rye and, as with the others, it has been bottled at 46% ABV.
Also released in December 2013 it is described on Dominic Roskrow's website http://worldwhisky.co.uk, as "An absolute corker. This mixes spicy rye notes with a delicious toffee and milk chocolate, soft peach and apricot fruits and a red liquorice core."
Here's what I think:
Nose - Creamy biscuit, oak and vanilla. Reminds me very much of pot still Irish whiskey, specifically Redbreast. Some pine / cedar wood comes through with a touch of dried fruit and mixed spice. With some water the pine becomes a bit plastic like but in a good way. With even more time the dried fruit becomes huge.
Palate - Spicy and creamy. The pine is still evident with some menthol. Dried fruit still shows up with red apple. Also has a nice tang of what feels like virgin oak. All that water does to the palate is make it much softer.
Finish - A touch light but fresh fruit is dominant with a sherried xmas cake feel.
A top notch dram that's evidently young but packs a huge amount of flavour.
As with all of the Discovery Road range this bottling can be found on Master of Malt - http://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/discovery-road/discovery-road-smile-100-percent-rye-whisky/
Well that's the whole range tasted, enjoyed and reviewed and all I can say is wow. The Discovery Road range really highlights what is to be gained by looking a little further afield when it comes to buying your drams. Dominic Roskrow really has pulled out all the stops to bring us some absolute belters and I for one can't wait to see where this journey takes us.
If I had to rate the current range in order of preference then I would have to go:
1 - Courage
2 - Smile
3 - Four Lions
But don't let this fool you into thinking that "Four Lions" is in anyway the weak link. All 3 are amazing and each has it's own personality.
Once again, huge thanks to Dom for the samples. It's been a real pleasure and an taste bud opening experience.
Until next time,