Cardrona Just Hatched Solera Single Malt (350ml)
Key Facts About This Whisky
Region: New Zealand
Cask Type: Bourbon and Sherry Casks, Solera
Age: 3 years old
Alcohol by Volume: cask strength at 64.4%
Bottled: Natural colour and without chill-filtration
Bottle Size: 350ml
Awards: New Zealand’s Best Single Malt Whisky in the 12 years & under category at the World Whiskies Awards 2020.
Just Hatched Tasting Notes
Official Tasting Notes
Borage flower, honey, vanilla, spice, with weighted spirit on the tongue, this adolescent whisky is a strong indication of their future whiskies.
Ed's Tasting Notes
Colour: Natural colour, medium amber. An oily whisky that coats my glass, with many and overlap legs running down my glass.
Nose: Caramalised brown sugar and hay. Russet apples on an old orchard tree after the autumn rain. There is alcohol on the nose, but considering the ABV is a mighty 64.8% it is impressively well integrated.
Palate: Viscous and full bodied. Spiced toffee apples, forest honey and vanilla. Again, there is heat from the ABV, but you may guess mid to high 50s, not mid 60s. With water, the mouthfeel becomes creamier, the vanilla increases, a more floral character emerges, and the spice softens.
Finish: A long, warming finish with caramlised apples, spice and chilli.
You can read Ed's full review of Cardrona's Just Hatched here.
About Cardrona Just Hatched
A marriage of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, this Cardrona Single Malt Whisky "Just Hatched" is a special natural cask strength bottling marking the momentous occasion of reaching three years old.
Cardrona’s Single Malt Whisky starts life traditionally from barley, yeast and water that comes from a Cardrona Alpine glacier-filled spring on their land and lends a unique mineral flavour profile. These simple ingredients are carefully milled, mashed, fermented under the watchful eye of craftswoman, Desiree Whitaker, and her small team of female distillers. After a long fermentation the wash is distilled in two small Forsyth copper pot stills, and then matured in Cardrona’s pristine alpine valley.
The Cardrona Just Hatched 3 year old Solera Whisky has won New Zealand’s Best Single Malt Whisky in the 12 years and under category at the World Whiskies.