Tamnavulin Red Wine Cask Edition – Cabernet Sauvignon

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and sour. At first there’s a mix of vanilla, sour red berries and a small amount of honey. It feels fresh and very approachable. There’s a nice sweet center part underneath with malt and butterscotch. The distillate shines through but it’s not protruding. When it settles in the glass there’s a nice and rich outer layer forming with darker fruit notes from the cask finish as well as a gooseberry fruitiness in the center. This is a nice nose with a lot to offer even though it’s a bit too mild.

Mouth: It starts out with a rounded off butterscotch and malt note. There’s a honey and vanilla sweetness as well. It’s a lot sweeter than on the nose and becomes even sweeter with time in the glass. There’s an immidiate oakiness forming around the edges together with a sour lemon note, which unfortunatly is slightly metallic. The whole is extremely mild and easy on the palate. It’s very different in taste compared to what the nose presented and it lacks a bit of balance. It becomes slightly spicy after a few sips which is a much needed feature.

Finish: There’s an increase in darker fruit notes and sweetness through the transition and when it settles those notes lie on top while the oakiness overruns everything else underneath. There’s an almond note somewhere in between. It becomes slightly astringent and the oak feels like a mix of fresh oak and a nutty, bitter grey oak. The finish ends rather quickly, but the fresh oak note stays behind and gives somewhat of an interesting fade out in the end. This is a pretty decent whisky for what it is; A budget single malt.

Additional information
This is a single malt first aged in american ex-bourbon casks and then finished in Cabernet Sauvignon red wine casks. There is no information on aging time. This bottle is from batch 001243.

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