Christmas Countdown 2020 #17: SMWS 143.1 “Sea buckthorn tea time” Copperworks Distilling Co. 3 Year
Distillery: Copperworks Distilling Co.
Age: 3 Year.
Cask Type: New Oak Barrel #2 Char
Color: 1.7, Burnt Umber.
This particular review was done blind.
Nose: (according to the wife) Black tea leaves along with sugar and milk. It almost smells like boba tea.
Palate: Quite strong. It’s very rich and sugary. There’s a bit of cream along with more of those black tea notes. It’s less like boba here and more like tea you’d expect in any English household. There’s a little bit of spice that pops in the end, I can’t quite pick out what it is.
Finish: Long. It’s a mix of sugar and spice.
Guess: Scotch whisky from the Highlands, maybe? Greater than 55% ABV, on the young side so I’ll guess around 10 years. The makes me think it was finished or aged in a very wet sherry or port cask but I get flavors of neither.
Reveal: SMWS 143.1 “Sea buckthorn tea time” Copperworks Distilling Co. 3 Year American Single Malt Whiskey.
Conclusion: I would not have ever guessed American single malt, mainly because they aren’t particularly common. This one though is quite nice though. It is a tad simplistic and a bit of a one note wonder but for what it is, it is very tasty. If you like your tea with a lot of cream and sugar, I think you’ll like this one. Would I buy a bottle? Not for the $95 price SMWS was asking.
Final Score: 81.
American Whiskey Review #82, American Single Malt Review #4, Whisky Network Review #359
- 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
- 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
- 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
- 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
- 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
- 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
- 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
- Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.