The Ambra Group, together with the JA Baczewski brand, restores the tradition of pre-war whiskey. The group introduced JA Baczewski whiskey to the market, announcing that it sees great potential in it.
Appearance: Light gold, white dessert wine. A thin, micro-beaded swirl line forms around the circumference of the glass. Eventually transforming through long teardrops into thin to medium trails. Quite a sticky-looking film clings to the glass.
Nose: Plenty of summer honey, zesty citrus, heaps of fermenting orchard fruits and all dusted with a generous helping of icing sugar. It’s quite perfumed too, a mixture of flowers and fruit plant leaves. After a while a more mellow note if chocolate caramel appears. I’m very pleasantly surprised by the nose, lots going on, pretty nicely balanced and some very pleasant smelling elements.
Palate: Quite a thin mouthfeel, but not watery. A good spice hit on the chest upon the first sip, but that’s where it ends. The honey remains, as does the fruit and sugar. There’s more malt on the palate, along with cinnamon, ginger bread and lemon curd. There’s a buyer note towards the finish that I’m not a fan of, similar to bitter coffee, that’s a little cloying.
Finish: Short in length. The honey and lemon notes last a short amount of time, along with the cinnamon. A hint of the malt, like digestive biscuits fades immediately.
Overall: I’m impressed with this one, although I had no preconceptions. It’s got some nice notes and a fair bit too explore. It won’t blow anyone away, but it’s a pleasant sipper for sure.