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Roghan Josh Of The Jungle

Bearface Wilderness Series Matsutake

86.26 / 100

Malty & Dry Flavours

Visual: 3.83 /5  •  Aroma: 22.83 /25  •  Taste: 34.21 /40   •  Finish: 25.39 /30

Dram Code: E80a

Producer: Mystery Distillery

Bottler: The Mark Anthony Group

Type: Canadian Style Whisky

Cask: Sherry, Wine, & Masutake Mushroom

Age: Unknown

Country: Canada

Region: Other

Chill Filtered: No

Added Colour: No

ABV: 42.5%

Cask Strength: No

Release: Limited Edition

Price: $56.43 (at time of review)

Dram Code: E80a

Producer: Mystery Distillery

Bottler: The Mark Anthony Group

Type: Canadian Style Whisky

Cask Type: Sherry, Wine, & Masutake Mushroom

Age: Unknown

Country: Canada

Region: Other

ABV: 42.5%

Cask Strength: No

Chill Filtered: No

Added Colour: No

Release: Limited Edition

Price: $56.43 (at time of review)

About This Canadian Style Whisky

Why This Bottle?

Part “a” of this two-part exploration into some bizarre whisky experiments is the wonderfully strange Bearface Wilderness Series 01 Matsutake Limited Edition. This is probably about as wild of a whisky as you can get, both literally and figuratively. Matured in a shipping container in the middle of the Canadian temperate rainforest, in casks that previously contained sherry, wine, and a special Bearface tincture made with hand foraged matsutake mushrooms. Utterly bizarre, and incredibly unique.

 

 

The Unbottling

 

 

Strath Panel Tasting Notes

At first, this was cereals and breads through and through. Rustic style baking with nuts and cloves, perhaps even a traditional German pretzel. Shredded wheat cereal with a touch of natural sweetness and mysterious umami.

The spices of the rye are there but have been tempered by the umami. The spice is no longer raw, but is more like a well-simmered curry – perhaps a lamb roghan josh with heapings of paprika.

By Adam Bradshaw on June 08, 2022

Score & flavour profile voted on by members who sampled the whisky

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Score

Whiskies are rated by our members on the visuals (out of 5), aroma (out of 25), taste (out of 40), & finish (out of 30). With a total score out of 100.

Based on how scoring occurred for our early reviews, the following guide is given to members –

0-60 awful • 60-70 bad • 70-80 okay • 80-85 good • 85-90 great • 90-95 awesome • 95+ amazing

The individual scores are collected, and outliers are removed via the “agreeable group” statistical method to reduce bias and taste preferences (ie, people who score a peated whisky lowly because they don’t like peat). This gives us a better idea of the overall quality of the whisky in the eyes of our members.

 

Flavour Profile

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fresh & floral
eg – blossoms, cut grass, apples, pears

fruity & spicy
eg – peach, vanilla, coconut, nutmeg

malty & dry
eg – breakfast cereal, nuts, cookies

rich & round
eg – raisins, figs, oak tannins, dates

smoky & earthy
eg – wood smoke, bacon, iodine

 

Dram Association Nickname

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