ABV: 60 %
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Nose: This is dark and spicy. At first there’s a sweet layer of dried dark fruits and berries covered in dark syryp with anis and herbs coming through from behind. The ABV creates a cooling effect on top which gives it a nice contrast to the dark fruitiness. The oakiness can be detected within the sweet notes but it’s residing in the background. It doesn’t change much over time in the glass except for the arrival of vanilla after a few minutes. This is a very nice and powerful nose but it lacks some depth and development to be fantastic.
Mouth: It starts out with a dark fruity center with honey covered raisins and overripe plums and then it immidiately becomes slightly astringent. The high ABV deals quite the punch and it becomes very peppery after a second or two. The fruitiness is darker up front and fresher in the back with a hint of lemon. There’s a nice gritty and complex chaos going on in the background. It feels earthy and herbal with a hint of dry soil coming through when it settles. There’s also a black coffee bitterness which starts to build up after a few sips.
Finish: The transition is straight forward and there’s no big spike in any flavour or sensation. It sort of continues on its set path along the way. The flavours doesn’t change until the oak starts to take over. There’s a thin floral note floating around somewhere up top with a resemblance to violets. The oakiness is nice enough and does a competent job in keeping the finish going and becomes a bit nutty along the way. The slight astingency never increases which is a good thing. This is a great whisky and a nice powerful sherry bomb.
Tracable back to 1968, this was the first cask strength whisky released. It’s aged for around 8-10 years, 70 % in european ex-Oloroso sherry casks and 30 % in american ex-bourbon barrels.