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Carpathian Single Malt Vradiano Review

Carpathian Single Malt Greek & Cypriot Wine Cask Collection Vradiano Review


Cask No. 4157

Bottled in 2023


Bottles produced: 405


Accolades: Best Single Cask Romanian Single Malt at 2024 World Whiskies Awards


Master Medal at 2023 Global Luxury Masters


Distilled in Otopeni, Romania


Distilled by Alexandrion Saber 1789 Distillery


Carpathian is the first Romanian single malt and began laying down whisky in 2017


Romania has more than 2,000 years of history of in wine production and is one of the biggest wine producers in the world.


Master Distiller: Allan Anderson


Mashbill: 100% Romanian malted barley


Double distilled in custom pot stills


Still manufacturer: Frilli of Italy


Initial maturation: 3 years in 53 gallon first-fill Kentucky bourbon barrels


Secondary maturation: approximately 1 year in 200 L oak Vradiano barrels (Greek wine)


Vradiano is a dark-skinned grape grown in Central Greece and in particular in the island of Evia


Proof coming off the still: 139


Barrel entry proof: 127


Bottling proof: 92


No added coloring


Non-chill filtered


Energy value: 77.4 kcal / 30ml


Nose 👃: Buttercream frosting. Caramel. Black cherry.  Almond. Dark chocolate.


Palate 👅: Black cherry. Vanilla. Raspberry. Cinnamon. Pear. Barrel char. Medium viscosity.


Finish 🏁:  Vanilla. Raspberry. Cinnamon. Barrel char. Very long finish that comes in two waves.


Did you know that Romanian single malt whisky existed?  Until recently… I certainly did not.


I find this to be an enjoyable single malt whiskey, but most importantly… I enjoy the unique wine cask maturation.  It seems that we see the same variety of wine casks used for whisky over and over again.  For this particular expression… We get to experience the impact of Greek Vradiano.


If you enjoy wine cask whisky… Carpathian is one you will want to explore.



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