Review: Woodhaven Whisky (Sheringham Distillery) / by Jason Hambrey

Distiller Sheringham Distillery (Sooke, British Columbia)

Another Sheringham whisky, limited, of course as Red Fife. Small cask, again, I believe.

Review (2020)

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  • Bottling Date: 2019

Nice oaky whisky, with a rich grainy character (particularly wheat), orchard fruits, spicy oak, and sharp grain. Nicely done! Lots here – lightly smoky oak, pear, clove, canned mandarins, vanilla, oak, and flour. The palate follows suit – there is big oak balanced by sharp spirit, so it’s youthful and big in oak and youth – but this works quite well. The finish is grainy and oaky, with dried orange peel, baking spices, oak, smoke, and a touch of tannic bitterness (which does a nice trick with a drying sensation).

This is still quite youthful, but in a good way. I like this more than their relatively softer Red Fife release (which is good also). Much brasher than the red fife.

Recommended (82% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).
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