This has been showing off in my closet for a few years and was a birthday gift from my Dutch buddy Stjepko. Yes, strange name. But his roots are in the Balkans. Doesn't matter; it is a top bloke and I was very happy with this gift, but the time has come to open the bottle, because that is what whisky is made for. This single bourbon barrel bottled at cask strength yielded 239 bottles. Cadenhead is the bottler.
The nose starts very floral. Wild flowers in the meadow. Something that reminds me of mud for a moment. Bizarre, but not unpleasant. A lot of grass and even more butter. Then some vanilla and soft notes of pineapple and papaya. Something of overripe banana. It's far from bad, but it still takes some getting used to.
On the palate it is much better. Creamy, bright, fruity and sweet. Beautiful notes of beeswax, lime juice and bell pepper. Feel free to add some baker's spices. The banana returns, supplemented with grapefruit.
The finish is relatively long and suddenly shows a surprisingly salty touch on the deathbed.
Nice, somewhat atypical Toshan that charmed me.