The Helden Distillery has announced the inaugural release of Helden Hickory single malt whisky, the first in their Innovate Range.
The range seeks to "accelerate" aging and bring products to market while their traditional whisky matures in cask. This small batch, single malt spirit is made from specially roasted and South African malts, followed by distilling in a combination pot and column still.
It is matured in 100-litre containers with Hickory wood added for further flavour development.
Only 143 500ml bottles were produced. The whisky is non-chillfiltered, naturally coloured and bottled at 46%.
- Nose: Delightfully lively pepper and fruit balanced over a light malty nutty sweetness.
- Palate: A distinctly creamy body filled with bittersweet spice.
- Finish: A lingering round and warm finish.