Sample 8 was bourbony, Sample 9 is back in winey territory. Last night I got a lot of points but missed the (apparently obvious) distillery profile, tonight I’m utterly stumped.
It has begun. The Blind Tasting Competition 2014 is underway. Heeeeeeere we go!
The nose of sample 1 doesn’t pull any punches: this is a fairly heavy sherry-matured malt. There’s raisins, marzipan and cherry-bonbons here. Quite soft and mellow sherry with definite tones of American oak: caramel-sauce, banana and apricot. A hint of wood strengthens over time and there’s only the merest hint of solvent. All in all, a civilised sherried whisky, this, with possibly a fairly light spirit lurking beneath. And is that a hint of smoke or just some older wood showing?