Last night I enjoyed a second dram of the above whisky…just to be sure.
I first sat with this a good few weeks back.
When I tried it initially, I started with it in one glass, allowed it to open, and then poured it into a fresh one. It was interesting to be able to nose the first glass while enjoying getting to know this whisky.
So from that glass which had the whisky in it, I was getting chocolate, and delicious musky notes, as well as rich demerara sugar. There was the aroma of an old tobacco box, and a gentle whack of leather…
From what I was nosing in the sample was a rich heady fragrance. I was getting succulent sherry soaked sultanas and raisins. Morello cherries on the nose too…then a feint scent of menthol and black pepper. A hint of leather and the old tobacco box scent was still there, and a little nutty aroma, perhaps like macadamia nuts.
It was ever, ever so slightly waxy on the palate. It had dark bitter chocolate.
It was nutty with warming spices. There wasn’t a lot of sweetness…but there was dark burnt sugar. However this is reassuringly delicious.
Then the oak that comes through on the finish, with some black pepper warmth with those cherries making a reappearance and a dark bitter chocolate.
I really enjoyed this dram!! As I say, I’ve sat with it on a couple of occasions now, just letting it open, and then allowing it to toy with my senses…
This is definitely a dram to share on a winters night. I can picture it now, music in the background, low lights, logs crackling on the fire and a glass of this in hand… bliss!
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Distilled : 01.11.95
Bottled: September 2015
Age: 19 years old
Cask Type: Oloroso Sherry Puncheon