ABV: 40 %
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Nose: This is young and fruity. There are big buckets of fresh red berries, bananas and a hint of raisins. There’s a vanilla and caramel overlay sitting on top of the fruits. Behind, there’s a backdrop of a young and slightly harsh distillate with a green apple center. A small hint of rye bread comes through after a while on the glass.
Mouth: It’s watery at first, but then an ABV spicyness comes through from the young distillate. Luckily, the sherry notes come marching in quite fast. It’s dry and the sherry notes are more dark with plums, raisins and liquorice. There’s a slight bitterness sitting in the back but it’s not connected to an oak note. A butterscotch note appears after some time in the glass.
Finish: The harsh spirit notes come through once more. It’s quite unpleasant for a couple of seconds before the sherry notes kick back. Finally an oak note comes through and it’s a pretty nice and fresh oakiness. A hint of dustiness comes through in the late finish. This is a dram that is a step up from cheap blends. The cask finish hides a lot, but not everything.
Being a distillate primarily used in blends this is now the second single malt release from the distillery in over 20 years. It’s first aged in ex-bourbon american oak and then finished in ex-sherry butts from three different cooperages in Spain.