Signatory Vintage for whic (Whiskycircle)
Sherry Butt Finish (#1, 706 btl.)
Immediately wood smoke on the nose with a vanilla sweetness behind. In addition, discreet fruit notes of apricot with a touch of citrus as well as fine toffee with honey. In the background some peat notes with ash. The high alcohol content is noticeable but not pungent at all.
Strong start on the palate, yet sweet at first with lots of vanilla. Then spicy and warming notes of ginger, white pepper as well as a slight alcoholic spiciness, accompanied by discreet smoke, some ash and a subtle tobacco note in the background.
The finish is long lasting with sweet notes of honey, vanilla and sultanas. Accompanied by caramel and slightly dry cocoa, with ash tones towards the end.
After adding water a little fresher on the nose with more citrus, but also more smoke. The vanilla sweetness and ginger spiciness remain. Still strong on the palate, but the sweetness is pushed into the background. More smoke, with grilled apricots, a hint of sultanas and a subtle tobacco note. The finish is still long with honey, slightly bitter espresso notes as well as dry ash towards the end.
I thank whic (Whiskycircle) for the complimentary sample and the image!