Corowa Distillery - Private Notes - Whisky Review
|American Oak, Apera
When it comes to a Sherry Bomb, people think of some fabulous Scotchs or Glendronach, Glenfarclas and many others, but have you heard of Private Notes from Corowa Distillery? This whisky keeps those rich fruity flavours and sweetness, which we have all grown to love and most of all it is made here in Australia. Private Notes has always been a favourite at Whisky Enlightenment for that reason.
If you have never heard of an Apera Cask, it is Australia Sherry. Its name change is similar to a change of sparkling wine from champagne. This whisky has been matured in American Oak, Apera Cask; giving it a great balance of initial sweetness and rich dark fruits. Spice remains prevalent in this whisky, but subdued with fruity flavours.
The age of this whisky is not released but each release would be between 3-4 years.
Apera: In 2010 a renaming of Fortified wine made in Australia which was previously called Sherry, became Apera. This was in respect to Spanish Sherry makers. ‘Apera’ is a play on aperitif and this fortified wine is the perfect pre-dinner tipple.
Colour: Light Tawny
Nose: Dates nougat, light sherbet, vanilla bean and milk chocolate.
Palate: Burnt caramel, Christmas spices, white pepper, toasted hazelnuts, raisins, stewed plums, candied pears.
Finish: Medium fruity finish which is warming, drawn out sweetness and balanced spice.