Today’s little something is the 1997 Family Cask – Cask 1 from the Autumn 2014 release, 57.8% vol. this was matured in a single sherry butt.
A luscious fragrant yet complex nose. Sweetness and summer berries. Caramel and the merest hint of vanilla, alongside raisins and dates. A little black pepper comes to the fore as it’s left to open.
The palate is smooth, then there’s the hit of pepper as it hits the back of the throat…giving a gentle warmth. Delicious oak and the sticky dates are there with burnt sugar too. It’s a mouthful and you can easily tell it’s cask strength.
The finish is warming, the spiciness remains with hints of oak.