Distillery (Spirit of Oak Collection)
American Oak Oloroso Sherry Casks
Fresh and clean with a sweet load of fruits - green apples, lemon, apricots and passion fruit. Notes of vanilla and toffee emerge, followed by a slightly spicy touch of white pepper, cinnamon and oak. The delicate fruitiness improves with air.
Sweet with a creamy almost sticky fruitiness of apples, apricots and peaches. Then a warming spiciness arrives along with white pepper, a whiff of cinnamon and oak. Elegant and pleasantly mouth-filling.
The finish is medium long and slightly warm with sticky apricot jam, followed by subtle notes of oak and nutmeg on the tail.
Fresher on the nose when a few drops of water are added. The delicate fruitiness and vanilla notes, however, are tamed significantly. The same on the palate: less sweet and fruity with an increased load of spices and oak. The finish is short with subtle apricots and a hint of oak spice.
I thank Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd for the sample and the photograph!