After a rather splendid little get together recently, one of the bottles brought by my friend and fellow forum-moderator Bart wasn’t tasted due to an excess of good whisky (always a good state to find yourself in, I find). So I drew a sample.
This is the story of that sample.
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?