England Hicks & Healeys Distillery Whisky from 50 to 100 euros

Hicks & Healeys 8yo

Review of whiskey made by Cornish cider distillers, Hicks & Healeys.

Origin: Cornwall (England)
Type: Single Malt Cornish Whiskey
Gradation: 42.5%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon
Chillfiltered: Yes
Added coloring: No
Owner: Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm
Average price: € 80.00
Official website: healeyscyder.co.uk
Vote: 79/100

The story of this English whiskey goes back a long way, to 1986, when the Haley family decided to bring distillation back to Cornwall after almost 300 years, planting the first apple trees for cider production.
From Kay and David Healey to their sons Sam and Joe, reviving a farm from over a century ago proved to be a winning idea, as it led them to become one of the largest independent cider producers in England, and to expand their range with a line of gins, wines and spirits with brandy and, of course, whiskey.

Made in collaboration with St. Austell Brewery using a local barley quality (the Maris Otter), this whiskey was initially released in a limited cask strength edition, with the first official 7-year ageing released in 2011 and this 8-year in 2016.
News of today’s bottle is scarce, but judging by what is (not) stated on the label, it’s safe to assume that the whiskey is cold-filtered and, given the colour, has no added colouring.

Tasting notes

Straw yellow in the glass.
Finding plenty of apple may seem almost obvious, but overall the nose profile is very fresh and youthful, floral (honeysuckle), fruity (peach and pineapple) with vanilla, wet cereal, honey, a touch of lime. Slight inflection of fresh wood. Simple and linear, pleasant.
Slightly peppery at the mouth, it is sweet but not too much in the tones of vanilla, candyfloss, lemon cream, malt, gingerbread. And the apples? They are there, sure, along with unripe banana, peach, hazelnut and wood.
Medium-long, dry, slightly spicy finish of vanilla, cereals, hazelnuts, apples.

Easily drinkable, without good or bad points, basically what you expect from a young whiskey that doesn’t leave too many marks: anonymous, but certainly not unpleasant.

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