ABV: 40 %
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Nose: Black liquorice and honey sits on top of some fruitiness and a well masked grain distillate. The fruitiness is very subtle. It kind of smells like a vanilla and fruit scented hand cream or moisturizer. The cask influence is very good and it’s a very nice nose for a blend.
Mouth: It starts out a lot fruitier than on the nose. The fruitiness mainly comes from citrus fruits like lemons and oranges. There’s honey, vanilla and butterscotch and a thin leather note. There’s no harsh grain spirit note and the oak is nowhere to be found yet. Notes of anise and black liquorice sort of sneak up after a second or two. It’s very juicy and has a great feel to it. After a few sips there is a tiny spicyness building up on the toungue.
Finish: The honey and a vanilla cream pass by before it moves into nice leather and oak notes. There’s a nice tropical fruitiness coming through in the finish together with a handful of hazelnuts. There’s no astringency and no bitterness. There is a small metallic note residing in the mouth, but the grain distillate is well hidden and it’s a very well made blend.
This is a blend made from putting both malt and grain spirit through a solera system of 100 casks. The types used are ex-Oloroso casks and recharred american ex-bourbon barrels.