Last week a bottle of the latest release of J.A. Baczewski Whisky came into my hands. This seems to be the second edition of this whisky recently. You will find my impressions from the first edition tasting at this link.
What changed at first glance is primarily the shape of the bottle – elegant, referring to history, similar to Bruichladdich, and of course the color. Now it is beautiful, deep, amber. I assume that it has nothing to do with nature and is simply well influenced by E150. Unless I’m wrong and we have whisky matured in e.g. sherry casks. Besides that, visually unchanged, blend, bottled with 43% ABV.
Let’s check it out.
C: obviously unnatural, which beats eyes especially in comparison with the first series;
N: the nose has to sink into the glass to discover it alcoholically, slightly irritating with ginger, it can still be cereal like with dry hay, in the last phase I got a bit of caramel, maybe the touch of honey;
T: warming with a solid amount of ginger, feel of alcohol, clearly young, without depth and variety, with a touch of fresh wood;
F: short dry with ginger.
Well, I do not see here the aging of whisky in sherry casks, so the first thought about color worked well. We have a young whisky here, which is not for tasting, but for mixing. It seems to me that this time the taste is milder and has fewer “sharp corners”, so the improvement is. On the other hand, caramel dyeing seems to me exaggerated, but maybe this is what the market expects. We are dealing here withe lever of basic blends like: Johnnie Walker Red Label or Ballantine’s Finest.