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Cardrona Just Hatched Single Malt Whisky Review

Cardrona Just Hatched Single Malt Whisky I've had a few drams from around the world thus far in my career but relatively few from New Zealand although i am aware that there are a good few distilleries producing some interesting drams out there.

Cardrona laid down it's first casks in November 2015 and uses stills that were commissioned from the very highly thought of Forsyths of Rothes still makers, so this distillery comes with some high pedigree.

This young and high abv bottling is a combination of both ex bourbon and ex sherry casks this dram only began arriving in the UK during 2019.

The ex bourbon notes shine through on the nose and the ex sherry on the palate, an interesting combination, the nose i utterly adore, the palate i preferred with a decent splash of water to mellow out the ABV and bring out more of those citrus notes.

For a 3 year old, this is showing huge potential, it is not cheap but it is available in a 37.5cl bottle and it is travelling halfway across the world (Literally) so at least there is a basis to the cost.

Buy from specialist retailers like Master of Malt. Thanks to Joe from Cardrona for the sample.

Tasting Notes & Details


Fruit forward at first, it doesn't come across as high in ABV on the nose initially, as fruit salad, heavy with orchard fruits, comes in first, hints of creamy angel delight (butterscotch), mix with a hint of caramelised figs and brown sugar, some light nutty notes (freshly skinned salted peanuts) also.


Despite the high ABV this is still quite drinkable, more wood influence apparent on the palate with cedarwood and a freshly snapped pencil note filling my palate, rich thick floral honey, a touch f salted peanuts again and some underlying mulled wine spice mix, with water everything softens out and dried pink grapefruit notes come through.


Spicy (mulled wine spices) pink grapefruit.

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Cardrona Just Hatched Single Malt Whisky
Age: 3
ABV: 64.40
Distiller: Cardrona
Bottler: Cardrona
Type: Single Malt
From: New Zealand, No Defined Scottish Region
Posted: 11/11/2019 by Tom

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