Bourbon Barrel (#800126, 210 btl.)
Alcohol at first (surprise, surprise). However, not unpleasant and even not pungent at all. Behind that ripe yellow fruits arrive - apples and pears in particular, followed by pink grapefruit and slightly bitter orange peel. All in all lovely fruity and mouth-watering with a touch of fresh grass in the back.
As expected, a strong and powerful start on the palate due to the high alcohol content. However, the delicate fruitiness shines through right from the beginning with juicy pears, apricots, cherries and red currant. This is accompanied by a pleasant warmth. Notes of honey and vanilla nicely linger with slightly bitter flavours of pink grapefruit and orange peel in the back. Very tasty.
The finish is medium long, warm and creamy with a spicy edge of pepper and oak on the tail.
Very fruity and refreshing on the nose with lychee, strawberries, passion fruit, apricots and pink grapefruit by adding a splash of water. The alcohol is tamed significantly with a few more grassy flavours shining through. Also very fruity start on the palate with lychee and apricots, immediately followed by an intense spiciness of black pepper and crisp oak. Creamy notes of acacia honey, toffee and vanilla towards the finish. The finish is medium long, slightly warm and creamy with acacia honey and a hint of pepper. Tender dry notes of oak on the tail.
This is a surprisingly fruity Highland single malt with mature notes of yellow fruits, nicely balanced with pepper and oak spice. Besides being powerful due to almost 66% of alcohol, it displays an excellent drinkability benefiting from a supplementary splash of water. A delicate, enjoyable all-day dram. Young, bold and gloriously fruity!
I thank Caminneci - Wine & Spirit Partner for sample and photograph!