Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky is a single grain whisky that shares its home with Three Ships at James Sedgwick Distillery. As a single grain whisky, it is highly regarded in South Africa and also in the world. The distillate is made from yellow maize (corn) and matured in first fill bourbon American casks. Bain’s Cape Mountain may not be well-known in Southeast Asia, but it is popular in its home country.
Let’s see how this measures up to some of the American straight rye that we have tried previously.
Colour: Dark Gold
Nose: Straight-up toffee sweetness engulfs the nose immediately with hints of white pepper in the background. The sweetness is not overwhelming like most grain/rye whiskies. (16/20)
Palate: Fantastic delivery of toffee sweetness in the palate without numbing the senses to the hints of gentle spices in the background. Similar to the Sazerac Rye but Bain’s is less sweet. (18/20)
Finish: The finish is reasonably long with sweet toffee trailing all the way to the end. It is slightly astringent towards the end but nothing major. Good dram. (17/20)
Body: This is a well-balanced single grain whisky that is not overwhelmingly sweet. It is sweeter than Chita, the Japanese grain whisky from Suntory, but the sweetness is pleasant. Lovely toffee notes that warms the body also add to the appeal. (34/40)
Total Score: 85/100
Geek Flora: Well, this is a pleasant dram to enjoy on a lovely night. The gentle spice and toffee sweetness are spectacular on the palate. I love how it balances the sweetness with a little spice to create more character than what Chita offers.”
Where to buy: If you are looking to purchase this bottle, you can find it at Quaich Bar, Singapore’s first whisky bar. Alternatively, visit their online store at www.whiskystore.com.sg to get it delivered to your doorstep.
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