Nc'nean Organic Batch 1, 2017-2020
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Cask type: 65% STR Red Wine Casks, 35% Ex-Bourbon Casks (5,040 btl.)
Nose: Very fruity on the nose with ripe pears, bananas and some gooseberries. Sweet notes of vanilla, accompanied by a slight ginger spiciness. Very appealing.
Palate: Sweet and fruity also on the palate with vanilla, ripe bananas and apricots. This is accompanied by a slightly warming spiciness of ginger, some pepper, a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon.
Finish: The finish is of medium length, slightly warming and creamy with yellow fruit jam. It gradually becomes drier with spices like ginger and nutmeg.
With water: After the addition of a few drops of water a little more spicy on the nose and fresher. However, the ripe fruit aromas disappear and only a touch of sweet vanilla remains. Less sweet on the palate and also much hotter with pepper, ginger and nutmeg, accompanied by some vanilla and only a hint of fruit. The finish is still of medium length, slightly warming and clearly drier with some creamy vanilla, spices and a whiff of fruit jam.
Comments: A deliciously fruity and vanilla-sweet single malt from this young, independent distillery. Despite its young age of just three years, this organic single malt shows a beautiful composition of ripe yellow fruits, sweet vanilla and pleasantly warming spices. I could not detect any immature notes of new make or similar. For me this dram is very good and I am looking forward to further bottlings from this Highland distillery.
I thank Kirsch Import e.K. for the complimentary sample and the photograph!