Friday, 14 February 2014

Corsair Rasputin

Corsair Rasputin 

Official bottling 
Single bourbon - Tennessee
Red gold
43% ABV

Nose: Chocolate, cherry, brass polish, cream, key lime, hints of burnt plastic. 
Mouthfeel: Medium body, loosens, watery, spicy. 
Tasting: Bitter. Cherries, chocolate, brass polish, coffee, key lime, burnt plastic, hints of sour plum. 
Finish: Long. Coffee, key lime, chocolate, cherry, sour plum. 


The distillers brewed a Russian imperial stout (one of the very best beers one can drink), and used that as the mash from which the whisky was eventually distilled. The whisky has been hopped, which dramatically changes its flavour profile. This is experimental, and it shows. It is fragrant and complex, with loads of wonderful flavours - but offset by an acrid tang of what I can only describe as burnt plastic. The finish is wonderfully long and complex though, and I can still taste sour plums, limes and coffee, 5 hours and 2 meals on.


Not bad.

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