This Gift Presentation Box is a marriage of Hinch's founder Terry Cross’s two great passions – Hinch Irish Whiskey distillery in County Down, Ireland and Chateau De La Ligne in Bordeaux, France.
Casks containing the Chateau's first ever vintage of Grande Reserve, both Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot, were emptied and refilled with fine Irish Single Malt whiskey that has spent 18 years maturing in Kentucky bourbon barrels. The addition of a further six month finishing period in the Grande Reserve wine casks has delivered this majestic whiskey for you to enjoy.
And it only seemed fair to also include, for your enjoyment, a bottle of the Chateau de la Ligne Grande Reserve which has played such an important role in this 18 Year Old Single Malt
VERY RARE RELEASE, ONLY 650 BOTTLES
Nose - Red summer berries, plum and apple in abundance. Bright, fresh fruit aromas, with a delicate touch of confectioners red liquorice.
Taste - Toffee, caramel and dark cocoa are elevated by a back- bone of sweet vanilla and freshly toasted oak. Nuanced touches of red apple, plum and summer berries clearly represent the influences of the wine finish. On the palate this whiskey delivers a multitude of differing layers of flavour all of which are individually both sumptuous and extremely moreish. The 18 years of initial ageing adds huge depth to the overall flavour profile of this superb whiskey. The chorus of influences brought to bear from its finishing in Chateau de la Ligne Grande Reserve casks elevates the already superb into becoming the absolutely sublime.
1792 Small Batch Bourbon is sophisticated and complex. A distinctly different bourbon created with precise craftsmanship. Made from a signature "high rye" recipe and the marriage of select barrels carefully chosen by their Master Distiller. 1792 Bourbon has an expressive and elegant flavor profile. Unmistakable spice mingles with sweet caramel and vanilla to create a bourbon that is incomparably brash and bold, yet smooth and balanced.
Nose: Heavy, thickly oaked and complex: some curious barley-sugar notes here shrouded in soft smoke. Big, but seductively gentle, too.
Taste: The delivery, though controlled at first, is massive! Then more like con-fusion as that smoke on the nose turns into warming, full blown peat, but it far from gets its own way as a vague sherry trifle note (curious, seeing how there are no sherry butts involved) - the custard presumably is oaky vanilla - hammers home that barley - fruitiness to make for a bit of a free-for-all; but for extra food measure the flavours develop into a really intense chocolate fudge middle which absolutely resonates through the palate.
Finish: A slight struggle here as the mouthfeel gets a bit puffy here with the dry peat and oak; enough molassed sweetness to see the malt through to a satisfying end, though. Above all the spices, rather than lying down and accepting their fate, rise up and usher this extraordinary whisky to its exit.
Nose. Distinctly confidant liquorice-Bourbon notes with near perfect bitter-sweet balance; burnt honeycomb and toffee also abound
Taste. Outstanding richness and sheen to the enormous barley-oak sweetness; again there is a big Bourbony cut to the cloth with all the liquorice and molassed sugar normally associated; but the barley adds that extra dimension
Finish. Long, wonderfully layered oak offering variations of a sweet dry theme; a touch silky with some cream toffee at the death