Sherry Cask (120 btl.)
There's immediately sherry on the nose, mixed with ripe red apples, rum-soaked dark fruits, dates and raisins. Then notes of tobacco leaves and cedar wood emerge, accompanied by a touch of vanilla, coconut flavours and dark chocolate in the back. The alcohol tickles slightly in the nose.
Voluminous and sweet start on the palate with Demerara sugar and dark fruits. Then warming notes of black pepper, cardamom, cedar wood and oak arrive, followed by nutty flavours, cinnamon and vanilla. Tender notes of cherry and sticky dark fruit linger towards the finish.
The finish shows medium length with a warming mix of sweetness and spice. Dry notes of cocoa, tobacco leaves and cedar wood with a touch of creamy fruitiness on the tail.
Becomes very aromatic with significant flavours of coconut and vanilla when a few drops of water are added. Notes of dark fruit and tobacco leaves, however, are decreased. Wow, this is fairly spicy on the palate with cracked black pepper, even chilli! Very dry with almost no signs of fruitiness. The finish is dry, too, with slightly bitter notes of tobacco and cedar wood.
A good single grain whisky with almost exotic fruit aromas and an interesting note of cedar wood. The paIate, however, can't really deliver what the noses promises, as I missed the expected sherry sweetness a bit. With water the whisky becomes very dry and extremely spicy! There one should deal sparingly with. Nevertheless, this single grain whisky aged 25 years shows great potential.
I thank Leonie and Arne from whic (Whiskycircle) for the complimentary sample and the image!