Distilled by Hampden, this blend of marques is bottled at 55% ABV and comes as the third chapter in the Great House series. I was a big fan of 2020, which coincidentally still needs its review posted, which left me extremely excited when the news of 2021 dropped. Without further ado, let's dive in.
Funky and fresh: two words that don't particularly get used together. Ripe banana, vibrant citrus zest, orange peel, lime and a touch of flaked salt. Rich maple, a good bit of funk, though dialed back a touch from the 2020.
Moderate mouthfeel, the ABV is well behaved. Sweet cream, a pinch of papaya, rich banana and honey. The funk is well integrated, there's some soil, rotting fruit, a touch of rubber and funky maple that blends nicely with the strong citrus backbone, grated ginger and some moderate oak influence.
Lovely, long finish. Rich blend of fruit, funk, tannin and the ABV carries effortlessly.
Whether drinking neat, cocktailing or just tossing together a highball, there's little doubt in my mind that 2021 is the Greatest House Yet, and I've already sought the replacement for my first purchased bottle. It's damn good.