This evening I decided to sit down with the Maltal Kombat set from The Dram Team..
I quote “we’re going to be exploring the wonderful world of whisky finishes…each ending its time in wood in a markedly different way…outstanding’.
“Start strong, finish stronger” – Generic Sports Person
Tonight’s solo session started off with:
Glen Moray – Classic Sherry Cask Finish – Single Malt Scotch Whisky 40%
Nose: Sherry, cream soda, some cinnamon and vanilla, it was fruity with some caramel.
Palate is smooth, slightly spiced from the cinnamon with a touch of the sherry, again the caramel leaves a soft impression.
Finish is oak and the merest hint of banana, a touch of caramel and soft spice.
Teerenpeli – Distiller’s Choice Portti – Single Malt Finnish Whisky 43%
Nose: Something that feels new to me, fruity but ever so slightly reminded of Tudor smoky bacon crisps. Burnt sugar or treacle I couldn’t decide and a hint of honey at the back.
Palate was a little liquoricey, and black pepper too. Some fresh orange and black cherry with a reminder of the port casks.
Finish is bitter chocolate and dry but a long finish.
The Arran Malt – Sauternes Cask Finish – Single Malt Scotch Whisky 50%
Pale golden colour.
Nose: Lightly floral nose and a fleeting waft of nail varnish remover, orange zest, caramel and honey, with vanilla and salt.
Palate is full on the mouth and some chilli spice, zingy and a slight bitterness with some sweetness there too.
Finish is warm and a kick of heat with some dark bitter chocolate.
Penderyn – Gold Collection Peated – Single Malt Welsh Whisky 46%
Colour is the very lightest pale gold.
Nose is peat and smoke, I got a slight scent of pine freshness. Light caramel and vanilla. Slightly pungent and a bit nippy on the senses too.
Palate is very light on the mouth feel, a light maltiness. Earthy and organic and a light spice.
Dry finish and not for me. Quite a shame.
Laphroaig – PX Cask – Single Malt Scotch Whisky 48%
Colour is amber golden.
Nose gives smoky iodine but the sweetness is there from the PX cask. Fruit and fullness.
The palate delivers smoky and peaty flavours, which are warm are sweet and full on the mouth.
The finish delivers the reminder of the cask and some dryness but the warmth is there.
The sixth dram was this:
Glenfiddich 21 year old – Reserva Rum Cask Finish -Single Malt Scotch Whisky 40%
A deep golden colour.
On the nose, some aniseed initially, but a clean scent. Vanilla and astringent with some Granny Smith’s apples giving a crisp freshness, a drop of fresh orange and some oak.
A smooth palate with quite a nice mouth feel and the oak comes through like chewing the end of a pencil absentmindedly…
A dryish finish for me but long with some spice.
An interesting box trying some new whiskies.
I do hope The Dram Team start doing twitter tastings again in the future.
I hope you enjoy reading my thoughts on these whiskies.
Slànte – Sarah 🙂