The Schtick: This is Bohemian – Castle and Key’s first on premise distilled, aged and bottled release, coming out under the Pinhook label. A blend of 100 barrels aged just shy of 3 years (2 years, 10 months to be precise) this should be a great look at the trajectory Pinhook (and Castle and Key) are following. Stock image. Let’s dive in.
Distiller: Castle and Key
Bottler: Castle and Key
ABV: 57.25% ABV
Age: 2 Years 10 Months
Nose: Sweet cream, coconut shavings, vanilla bean and fresh biscuit. Light, tropical and sweet. Nice creamy sweetness without must or youth.
Taste: Medium mouth feel, but a bit hot. Toffee, sweet cream, fresh baked bread, nice oak structure for the youth.
Finish: Long finish but much hotter here than expected. Nice oak component, lemon, creamy sweetness and some bitter oak. Tobacco, coconut shavings, bright apple and rich pepper.
Overall: This performs much better than I ever expected, in a really impressive way. From showing really abrasive youth and malt a couple years ago, this release is a much needed 180 to that and really quite pleasant to drink. I have high hopes for both Pinhook and Castle & Key here.
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0 | Unscored | New Make Spirit or Personal Selection.
1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Perfect | Perfect