Austrian whisky

Av Simon Varwell
Nope, I’d never heard of it either.

On the nose, it was a curious mix of sea and salt, rather like Old Pulteney – strange for a whisky made in a landlocked country! There was also a rich, Speysidey sweetness – toffee perhaps with a hint of leather.

The taste however was very different – strong and pungent, with a thin texture and a very heavy sense of alcohol and not much more.

With a drop of water, though, it was a softer, rounder and more sherryish taste.

Very unusual whisky, and really rather surprisingly good.