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Bain's Cape Mountain South African Single Grain Whisky

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Single Grain Whisky Review

Bain's Cape Mountain
Single Grain Whisky

40% ABV
Chill Filtered
Added Colour

Our Score

Value Score

From the Distillery Website

Bain’s owes its distinctive aromas and delicate smooth flavour to its unique warm South African climate that accelerates maturation and helps deliver an exceptionally smooth finish for a whisky of its age.

South Africa’s sun-kissed grain is world-renowned in the distilling industry for its superior quality. It makes sense then that Bain’s is so flavourful, even though its only ingredients are water, yeast and grain.

The warm South African climate also accelerates maturation and the rate of flavour extraction from the oak, resulting in a smoothness normally only associated with much older whiskies.

Adding to the exceptional flavour profile and leading the innovation of whisky-making around the globe, Bain’s is distilled in column stills and uniquely double matured. The whisky is matured in first-fill American Oak casks previously used for the maturation of bourbon, first for three years before being revatted into a fresh set of casks for a further 18 to 30 months.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Grapefruit peels, custard creams and icing sugar. Soon followed by nutmeg and vanilla sugar. Lightness throughout.

Palate: Soft and well-rounded with continued vanilla cream. Fresh pear, banana and hints of cardamom and oak.

Finish: The sweet citrus peels return, along with a little bit of meadowsweet.

a fresh set of casks for a further 18 to 30 months.

Our Review

Review 62 - 8th July 2020

Bain's Cape Mountain is only the second Single Grain Whisky that we have reviewed, the first being Haig Club from Review No 4, we scored that whisky 82 out of 100. How will the Bain's fair? continue reading...

Bain’s single grain whisky is distilled and double matured at just one location, situated at the foot of the spectacular Bainskloof Pass – The James Sedgwick Distillery, the home of Bain’s, which is the only commercial whisky distillery in Africa. Bain's is owned by the Distell Group who also own familiar brands such as Tobermory and Deanston. The Double maturation refers to the first period of 3 years in ex-bourbon before it is transferred to a fresh set of casks for a further period of 14 to 30 months.

Thank you to the Johnny from Twitter @WhiskyJohny for sending the sample to us to try. This was part of an online tasting with the 'Certified Original' members of New Dram Drinkers YouTube Channel.

It is bottled at 40% ABV, the bare minimum by Scotch standards to be classed as a whisky. It is chill filtered and we understand it has added colour. The average retail price is £27.95, however, this is a whisky that typically appears with offer prices quite frequently. It receives a value score of 83.5 out of 100.

On the nose; It is tropical fruit with a sweet and musty grain note. The alcohol smell is present which gives the impression this is a young whisky, but sometimes this can be an attribute of grain whisky. There is vanilla cream and a prickly pepper spiceness which tickles the nose.

On the palate; The grain doesn't present itself like we would expect. The first note is a vanilla cream. There is a coconut oil and some pineapple appearing. I'll liken it to a Malibu mixed with pineapple juice. The alcohol isn't too noticable but the texture is quite watery and with the coconut oil, gives it enough to give it a mouth feel. It is an easy sipper, in fact too easy, its not unpleasant but this goes down like a wine or cocktail, which for a 40% alcohol drink is worrying.

The Bain's is a challenge to score. The fact it is easy to drink and so smooth could lead you down a path of intoxication that you mightn't be prepared for, it's really the nose that reminds you that this is a spirit. We score it 83 out of 100, which scores it above the Haig Club, the bains has a little more going on, but its not complex enough to warrant a higher score. Unfortunately we wouldn't buy a bottle.

Our YouTube Review

Additional Info

  • Country: South Africa
  • Region: Capetown
  • Age Statement: Non Age Statement
  • Chill Filtered: Chill Filtered (CF)
  • Colour Status: E150
  • ABV: 40%
  • Cask Strength: No
  • Colour: Gold
  • Peated / Smoke: Unpeated
  • Cask Finish / Maturation: ex-bourbon matured twice
  • Single Cask: No
  • Mash Bill: Grain
  • Bottle Sizes: 700ml
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • Whisky Experience Level: Beginner
  • Average Price (or RRP): 27.95
  • Value Score: 83.5
  • Our Score: 83
  • Ownership: Distell Group Limited
  • Bottle Stopper: Screw Cap
  • Brand: Bain's
  • Packaging: No Packaging
  • Category: Single Grain
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