ABV: 40 %
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Nose: This is sweet and oaky. At first there’s a sweet core with a spicy oak cloud surrounding it. There are notes coming through with rye, charcoal and liquorice. When it starts to settle there are grain spirit, vanilla, toffee and honey starting to shine through in the background. It’s a very mild nose with few changes over time. It’s a bit boring but good enough to not be off-putting.
Mouth: It starts out quite flat with notes of banana, honey, bread and red apples. It is quite sour in the background and it’s very different from the nose. There is also a metallic note intertwined with the sourness. The longer it stays in the mouth the more it becomes flat. It does muster up a spicy side though, which is very much needed to keep it alive. It becomes slightly astringent after a few sips.
Finish: The spicy oak flares up and the red apples start to come through once again. It’s still spicy and a bit astringent but within there’s just a pretty flat and boring array of grains, apples, toffee and a hint of play-doh. The oakiness is present but surprisingly anonomous. It’s mostly the apple and banana notes which sets the tone for the late finish. When everything die down the metallic notes in the back return and leaves an unpleasant taste in the mouth. This is not the greatest of whiskies. It’s quite boring and uneventful but it should work very well for people new to whisky.
The black barrel is aged in re-charred ex-bourbon barrels somewhere between 8 and 16 years. The distillate is triple distilled.