Mad River Hopscotch Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Mad River Hopscotch

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  • Distiller:

    Mad River

  • Bottler:

    Mad River

  • ABV:

    46%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish is long with a lemony tartness and lingering spices.
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  • Raided Score: 83
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: Hopscotch Vermont Single Malt is on the higher end of craft whiskies for sure and with a few more years (and/or the use of large barrels) to let the oak round it out it could be a stellar whiskey.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Though sometimes nutty — almost like an amontillado sherry — the whiskey doesn’t pull any punches, finishing with power, at the expense of elegance and nuance.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: I like it a lot and can only imagine the cocktail opportunities as well.
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  • Intro:

    Hopscotch is a release from Mad River that is produced in collaboration with breweries on the East Coast. Batch 3 of hopscotch is a collaboration with 14th Star Brewing Co. in St. Albans, VT. This is a bottle that I tried blind, and then was given the reveal afterwards.

  • Nose:

    Honey, hay, fresh baked bread, peach. Fragrant honey, lavendar, cardamom.

  • Taste:

    Super sweet - lots of apples, pears, peaches and blueberry. Sweet, mega fruity, and that's almost it. Some ethanol, faint heat, light pepper. Mouthfeel is thin to medium.

  • Finish:

    Short, a bit hot, but quickly wisps away. Sweet, lots of peach, apple, pear, a honey dew note that is super unique.

  • Overall:

    This tastes young, mega fruity, sweet and fragrant. I think this may be another brandy or calvados, but it's really pleasant. I like it a lot and can only imagine the cocktail opportunities as well. Head on the chopping block I'm going to guess this is a younger calvados, around the 7 year mark, 42% ABV. I'm prepared to be very wrong.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
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