ABV: 43 %
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Nose: This is dark fruits and spicy oak. At first there’s a dark fruitiness with red ripe berries mixed with some fresh ones. There are christmas spices and fresh oak floating around within. It feels quite sticky and sweet overall and there’s a small top note of nail polish remover. When it settles the whole becomes more balanced but it feels a bit engineered and top heavy. The background seems to be missing due to this. A floral note can be found every now and then but it’s quite elusive. This is a nice nose but it lacks depth and complexity.
Mouth: It starts out with a bit underwhelming compared to the nose. It starts out with a mild sweetness and a hint of oak. First out after that is a lemon note in the back and then a red berry fruitiness arrives up front. It feels way too oaky at this point which really makes it less appealing. The spicyness arrives soon and it mainly comes from the oak. There’s a maltiness in the middle and a hint of tropical fruits start to come through for those who wait.
Finish: The transition is mellow and there are no spikes or dips. The oak and red berry mix continues for a while before the tropical fruitiness kicks in and becomes really pronounced. It comes from within the oak and finally a vanilla note arrives as well. The late finish is all about a sawdust oakiness and is quite boring. This is a good whisky. It’s the new kind of single malt which is way too oaky with a lot of top heavy flavours, which works as a drinker’s dram but not for an interesting and genuine whisky experience.
This started out as a travel retail exclusive whisky. It’s aged in a mix of ex-bourbon barrels and ex-Oloroso sherry casks.
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