Review: Bain's Cape Mountain Single Grain South African Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

4-6 Years; First fill bourbon casks (twice)
100% South African Yellow Maize
Distillers James Sedgewick Distillery (Wellington, South Africa)

This whisky - a single grain whisky made from South African maize, is quite one of a kind - about as creamy a whisky as you can get, due to the nature of using both 100% corn and maturation in first fill bourbon casks (twice! matured for 3 years in first fill bourbon casks, then dumped into another set of first fill bourbon casks for another 18-30 months).

Review (2017)

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  • Bottling Date: ~2016

Interesting to try some of this, especially as I taste a lot of corn whisky in Canada – fruity, creamy, and what you would expect from a corn whisky matured in reused casks. Very creamy. Terrific tropical fruit and spice notes to the nose. Coconut, dried papaya, dried mango, dried raisins, banana, honey, geranium – rich and yet soft. The palate leads with coconut, vanilla, dried fruit, corn husks, pineaplle, and remarkable creaminess. The finish is full of dried tropical fruit, pear, and light tannins. Terrific spice notes too – worth a try for every whisky enthusiast, in my opinion.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, at $48.