Old Hobart Distillery Tasting Notes

Posted: August 29, 2013 in Australia, World Whiskies & Spirits

Overeem Sherry Cask Matured 43%

Matured in ex-sherry, French oak quarter casks

Cask OHD-030

Tasted: July 2013

A soft and quite vanilla’d nose of lightly oiled orange, xmas pudding dried fruit and plenty of sherry spices. Very clean with a light, herbal, green olive character (distillery character?) With time some hints of light earth, liquorice and sweet, burnt coffee notes appear. Also the sherry aromas have become thicker and sweeter, almost Pedro Ximinez in style.

The palate is soft and full, opening ith some creamy vanilla followed by light raisin, sultana, dried grape, a touch of liquorice, earth and coffee grains. Again spotlessly clean and spicy middle. Reasonable length if a little dry from all the intense wood notes.

Overeem Sherry Cask Matured 43%

Re-Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: A little shy to begin with but it opens to show sugar coated but earthy barley along with hints of toffee and sherry. A light citrus note adds freshness and a touch of green pepper emerges.

Palate: A little homogenous. Hints of treacly sherry, liquorice and molasses along with a sliver of barley and plenty of late toffee.

.Finish: Medium length with the alcohol cleansing the finish, but the sweet toffee lingers.

Conclusion: A bit overpowered by the oak. The nose promises something but the palate fails to deliver

Overeem Sherry Cask Matured 60%

Matured in ex-sherry, French oak quarter casks

Cask OHD-032

Tasted: July 2013

An intense and very woody nose – Big, salty Oloroso aromas! There’s an earthy, almost peaty note along with the astringent, grainy, wood spices. It’s a raw, unfettered sherry beastie with a touch of decaying vegetation and dried fruit with a castor sugar coating. Damn that vegetal woodiness is pervasive. With time a touch of vanilla and coffee appears.

The palate is thick and unctuous with treacle, walnuts, warm spice, raisin and dried orange rind. A big, thick and syrupy mouthfeel before the tannins, alcohol and wood notes hit the middle. Raw, but clean with an intensly alcoholic finish. When that passes it leaves a hugely woody finish which dries out the finish completely.

With a drop of water the nose is still reasonably raw and herbal. More visceral than the 43% bottling even when diluted. The palate is softer and sweeter. Simpler and less herbal but the finish has become rather bitter now.

Overeem Port Cask Matured 43%

Matured in ex-Port, French oak quarter casks

Cask OHD-027

Tasted: July 2013

A raw, herbal, almost grainy spirit nose with hints of cereal and lanolin. Surprisingly the port notes are quite subtle and earthy adding a touch of red fruit. Lightly vanilla’d and lightly sugared with hints of burnt wood. To be honest the nose feels a little disjointed, yes, it is quite woody but the young spirit dominates.

The palate is lightly sugared and gently spiced with floral red fruits along with hints of herbs and lightly oiled cereal as the spirit comes through. The palate is a lot more harmonious than the nose with the sugars attempting to balance the woodiness, so that it is only gently woody in the finish with a touch of dry spice.

Overeem Port Cask Matured 60%

Matured in ex-Port, French oak quarter casks

Cask OHD-029

Tasted: July 2013

A huge, rich, slab of toasty vanillins and prickly alcohol greet the nose with a serious herbal, almost grainy spirit note. Raw banana and apricot mingle with orange/ tangerine oil, spicy raspberry and silky redcurrants. A big, big nose! Like the 43% but turned up to 11! Although there’s plenty of wood it’s not too tannic. Late notes of walnut oil and coffee. I love the intensity!

The palate opens with the slightly sweetened red fruit and big oak tannins. The middle is all oak, oak and more vanilla oak…. And alcohol! A serious oak fest! Very dry, dusty, herbal finish with a touch of light treacle and coffee. Damn that’s a hit!

With water the nose becomes quite aromatic. Still quite herbal with lots of sweet, spicy red fruit along with a touch of coffee now. Still intense, earthy and showing a little more of the port character but in saying that it feels like it has integrated better than the 43% bottling. The palate is a tad watery now with more of a sugar water character. It’s a little insipid with a spirity, herbal, youthful finish along with some oak bitterness. Personally I would put this into full size casks for a few more years to soften the wood and give the spirit some maturity. Work in progress I think.

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