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.
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.