It’s Chinese New Year starting on the 5th of February.
As part of celebrating the Lunar New Year I cracked open the wonderfully labelled AK Bar Whisky from China itself.
AK Bar produce an impressive array of spirits.
Quite what is in them is hard to define.
The Alibaba site for AK Bar Whisky makes for interesting, confusing & entertaining reading to say the least. Form your own conclusions by having a look here.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained – I poured a generous túath glass for tasting.
Now the colour – for a stated 3 year old – is a little on the dark side & suggests added caramel.
The nose is very muted.
It’s like sniffing a chocolate biscuit liquid toffee filing.
No hint of 40% alcohol strength here.
It starts off almost watery & smooth to begin with. The sweet toffee, caramel & honey all blend together before a softly growing heat makes a pleasant entrance towards the end.
The heat slowly fades leaving a gentle sweet kiss of burnt toffee at the end.
It’s verging on liqueur territory – which is probably a more accurate appraisal.
It’s not offensive – just way too sweet for my liking – but the one thing I agree with in the Alibaba description;
‘large power after drinking‘
乾杯, gán béi, cheers, sláinte