Hammerhead. 1989 Czech single malt Whisky.
There’s a nice story to go with this malt. As to its authenticity or if its good marketing, well. That’s a matter of opinion I suppose. I’d like the story to be true in all honesty.
Colour. Amber +2 I think. Can’t imagine any e150 in this one.
Nose. Lemon tart. Citrus. A little soap. After 10 mins in the glass. Rich lemon polish. Honey floral sweet. V fresh. Slight curry powder in background.
Palate. Light. Crisp. Watery. Pepper. Citrus. Smooth.
Finish. Drying citrus. Lemon peel. Light clean malt.
Small drop of water.
Nose. More subtle wood spice – cardamom – curry!. Less citrus. Still very light and have to search for aromas.
Palate. Drier and sweeter! If that makes sense! Think small drop has killed it a little.
Finish. More malt. Less citrus. Just after publishing this review I took another swig and found some more recognisable old wood notes. Aged Sawdust.
With or without water?. Hmmm. Tough one. I would say a small drop makes nose open up a little more but kills the fruity taste and makes it a little more bland on the palate. Finish is much of a muchness either way.
Conclusion. Very easy drinking. Its all about the citrus with this dram. Is that a standard pot still effect? As for its age, 20+ year old? Hmmm. Doesn’t feel that old. Still very fresh and clean tasting. Nonetheless it’s a very pleasant experience.
This review was on a freshly opened bottle. As such I will revisit it in a month or two and see if the review stands. Maybe post an update if there are wild differences! 🙂
Thanks to my fellow malt mate Roman Matoska for the bottle! Cheers dude!