Nose: Crunchie bars, eccles cakes, a touch of rubber, black liquorice, brown sugar, vanilla cream, victoria sponge, berries and foresty hints – rich earth and damp green leaves.
Palate: An oily mouthfeel with caramel, pepper and stewed oranges up front, and sherbert and milk chocolate coming in behind.
Finish: Medium length, with sweet wood turning slowly dry and spicy, with a burst of spiced butter fading to lightly bitter barrel char.
Comment: A solid and tasty sherry cask matured whisky. They’ve balanced the rich first-fill notes with some softer refill flavours to give rich fruit and chocolate as well as some softer creamy notes. I’m not sure about the ‘wisp of smoke’, though.
Nose: The softness of vanilla and sugared almonds, balanced by fresh oak and cinnamon.
Palate: Bursting with fruit and spice - gently yielding to toffee and the richness of sherry oak.
Finish: Fruit and vanilla linger, becoming pleasantly drying - finally unveiling the merest wisp of peat smoke.