ABV: 43 %
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Nose: This is sweet fruits and mild peat. At first there’s a round vanilla, liquorice and butterscotch sweetness with a mixed bag of dried fruits and the whole thing has a fruitcake vibe to it. When it settles a distinct, yet pleasantly approachable, peat start to appear around the edges and in the back. The peatiness is a mix of herbs and burning wood. A minty freshness sits on top and the whole feels extremely well balanced between the different elements. This is a great nose. It’s not the most adventurous experience and it’s a bit too mild, but it doesn’t need to be bold when it’s this well made.
Mouth: It starts out with a mild butterscotch and vanilla center with the peat in an outside layer. It has a very nice gritty complex note in the back and a nice and hefty sherry sweetness up front. There’s raisins and fresh red berries, tobacco and just a hint of sulfur. It does feel somewhat top heavy and a young distillate shines through the otherwise poised exterior. After a few seconds a black coffee note starts to shine through in the back as well as some wood spices and a fresh oakiness.
Finish: The menthol layer and the wood spices create a nice spread of spicyness through the transition and the dried fruits fills the center together with the vanilla and butterscotch. After a second or two the nice gritty complexity returns which creates a nice three-dimensional feel to it. It’s a slow finish and it takes quite a while before the oakiness start to take over. It’s a slightly boring oakiness which doesn’t match the rest of the dram. This is a great whisky with a lot to offer. It feels top heavy throughout but the complexity of the background notes makes up for it to a big degree.
This whisky was aged in ex-sherry casks for an undisclosed amount of time. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.
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