Refill Sherry Hogshead (#178, 305 btl.)
There's immediately bacon on the nose nicely mixed with smoke and a touch of phenols. Underneath there is a delicate sweetness with sherry, oranges, plums and caramel. Spicy notes of burnt oak and cloves in the back. Very appealing. The alcohol tickles slightly but pleasantly in the nose.
Full-bodied and intense on the palate. Sweet and creamy with sherry, red fruit and dates. Warming with a nice mix of oak spice, pepper, nutmeg and cloves, with sweet smoke in the background. Slightly dry towards the finish with a touch of ash.
The finish is long and warming with sweet notes of raisins and barley sugar, nicely mixed with a touch of peat smoke, and dry notes of oak and cloves on the tail.
There's a bit more bacon coming through when a splash of water is added. A bit more fruit as well with a discreet smoky touch. Significantly less warming on the palate with a pleasant fruity sweetness wrapped in a whiff of peat smoke, followed by dry oak. The finish is medium long with subtle smoke but significantly more notes of dry oak and cloves.
A very delicate dram that Whic chose to start their thirteen-part series "The War of the Peat". Full, rich and intense with a beautiful balance of ripe fruit notes, spicy sweetness and peat smoke. It definitely makes you want more.
I thank whic (Whiskycircle) for the complimentary sample and the image!