Moon Harbour, Pier 1, Blended Whisky
Region: Bordeaux (France)
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Cask type: Finish for 3-6 months in Sauternes-type White Wine Barrels.
Colour: Bright gold.
Nose: Delicate notes of vanilla with a whiff of coconut on the nose. This is complemented by a lovely fruitiness of apricots and pineapples, followed by a lingering spicy touch of oak, cinnamon and ginger in the back.
Palate: Deliciously sweet and fruity on the palate with creamy vanilla and luscious yellow fruits - apricots, peaches and subtle pineapples. This is accompanied by a warming spiciness of oak, cracked black pepper and caramelised ginger. Rich and intense.
Finish: The finish is of medium length, slightly warm and subtly spicy with pepper and cloves. Lingering notes of vanilla and apricot jam emerge, before drying notes of oak fade towards the end.
With water: There's slightly more spice coming through with a splash of water. The fruitiness is a bit tamed while the lovely vanilla notes remain present. Sweet on the palate with more vanilla, less fruits but still a significant spicy note of prickling oak, pepper and cloves. The finish is a bit shorter, still warming with significantly more drying notes of oak on the tail.
Comments: A very pleasant blended whisky from Bordeaux. Well put together, intense and rich with a lovely nose, powerful palate, and nice finish. The Sauternes cask finish gives lingering fruity flavours while the French oak provides delicate spice, imparting complexity to this blend. Well done!
I thank Mr. Whisky Michael Reckhard for the sample and photograph!
Bodach Aislig 35yo, 1980-2015, Crafted Blend, Murray McDavid
Region: All 5 Whisky Regions
Price per bottle: °°°
Bottling: Murray McDavid
Cask type: Bourbon Barrel, Finish in Sherry Cask (Batch #1, 379 btl.)
Nose: The nose starts off with dried dark fruits, soft and warm winter spice and gentle toffee. Vanilla emerges with butterscotch, spiced oak, subtle cloves and a hint of almonds in the back.
Palate: Sweet and opulent on the palate with thick stewed dark fruit, plum jam and acacia honey. This is followed by a lovely warming spiciness - oak, cloves, and cinnamon. A slightly bitter touch of orange peel nicely lingers with a whiff of peat towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is warm and sweet with baked apples, caramel and delicate malted barley. Slightly drying with fragrant oak, cocoa and a touch of peat on the tail.
With water: Fresh and creamy on the nose with a few drops of water. More toffee, vanilla and red fruits come to the fore. Sweet and very creamy on the palate with rhubarb, plum, apples, vanilla and slightly warm spices. The finish is medium long, velvety, sweet and drying with cocoa and tingling oak on the tail.
Comments: This is a well crafted blend whisky. Smooth, creamy with a perfect balance of fruit, sweetness and warm spices. Although the youngest whisky is 35 years old, this blend isn't overpowered by the wood at all. A perfect after dinner sip. Best to be enjoyed with a few drops of water which brings out a beautiful creamy sweetness.
I thank the German importer Whiskymax for sample and photograph!