On Wednesday the 24th April I took part in my second #TweetTasting with @CùBòcanWhisky hosted by Steve Rush @TheWhiskyWire

My 1st Cù Bòcan Tweet Tasting was on the 5th July 2023 when we tasted a fantastic lineup of whiskies which you can go directly to by this page link. The full tasting notes for each whisky can be found at the bottom of this page or you can click on the links to each one to go directly there.

The line up for the the tasting on the 24th April 2024 was as follows:

  1. Cù Bòcan Signature Single Malt Scotch Whisky
    Signature Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
    ABV: 46%
    Casks: Matured in a combination of Bourbon, Oloroso Sherry and North American Virgin Oak casks
    RRP: £48.50
  2. Cù Bòcan 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
    ABV: 46%
    Casks: Finished in Caribbean Rum casks from Guyana and Barbados
    RRP: £66.50
  3. Cù Bòcan Creation #6
    ABV: 46%
    Casks: A marriage of 9yr Pedro Ximénez Sherry (78%) and 10yr Jamaican Rum cask (22%) matured whiskies
    RRP: £61.50
  4. Cù Bòcan 15 Year Old 2023 Edition
    ABV: 50%
    Casks: Matured fully in Oloroso Sherry casks
    RRP: £97.00

Cù Bòcan, which is produced at @Tomatin1897is an experimental ‘unlocking the unusual’ celebration of the subtleties of smoke and balanced sweetness, and explores innovative finishes to create whiskies full of intrigue and surprise.

Distilled every winter in limited batches @cubocanwhisky is made with lightly peated (15ppm) Scottish barley and matured in a variety of casks to unlock unusual flavours. #CuBocanWhisky #Scotch #Whisky

The tasting for 2024 is almost identical to the tasting in July 2023, both the Signature and the 12 Year Old were the same whiskies, however, there could be very minor batch variations. The creation for the 2024 tasting is #6 and the 15 Year Old is the 2023 release, in the previous tasting form 2023 was the Creation #5 and 15 Year Old 2022 Release. You can compare my tasting notes should you wish.

1st up was the Cù Bòcan Signature at 46% ABV

2nd was the Cù Bòcan 12 Year Old at 46% ABV

3rd was the Cù Bòcan Creation #6 at 46% ABV

Finally was the 15 Year Old 2023 Edition at 50% ABV

As with the 2023 Cù Bòcan #TweetTastings each whisky was exceptional with very little to choose between them, the 15 Year Old being fully sherry matured was always going to be the one I was drawn towards, if it had choose the 2022 release had a slight edge over the 2023 release, but I would happily buy either.

The Creation #6 is inspired, just enough rum cask influence to add a tropical zing to the PX cask influence.

The 12 Year Old remains a competent well flavoured scotch whisky, possibly my least favourite of the night, maybe a little over £16 more than I would pay at RRP, however, it is available at Master of Malt (at the time of writing, for a much more reasonable £47.11, follow this link to a new window if you want to check it out.

But like last year, it is the Cù Bòcan Signature which speaks to me the most, it is tasty and affordable, an uncompromising easy drinking whisky that still delivers some complexity, once again Master of Malt have it available below RRP at £36.63 which is a great price for this banging whisky. Check it out with this link in a new window.

The tasting order for the 5th July 2023 was as follows:

  1. Cù Bòcan Signature - Links on page: Nose Palate Finish & with water
  2. Cù Bòcan Creation #5 - Links on page: Nose Palate Finish
  3. Cù Bòcan Creation 12 Year Old Batch 1 - Links on page: Nose Palate 
  4. Cù Bòcan Creation 15 Year Old 2022 Edition - Links on page: Nose Palate Finish

These are my tasting notes for the Signature at 46% ABV

Cu Bocan Signature Finish: Oak spice, chilli & a touch menthol.

These are my tasting notes for the Creation Edition 5 at 46% ABV

These are my tasting notes for the 12 Year Old Batch 1 at 46% ABV

These are my tasting notes for the 15 Year Old 2022 Edition at 50% ABV

Cu Bocan 15 Year 2022 Edition Finish: earthy, oak & spice. A very faint trail of smoke.
Probably, definitely the best distillery bottling of a sherry 15 year old I’ve had. Shame it’s sold out.