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John Glaser created a special blended malt with his Oak Cross. The casks in which the spirit matured have a body of American oak and heads of French oak, creating a combination of light character (American oak) with spicy, dried-fruit character (French oak). All components of this malt are Highland whiskies, including Teaninich and Clynelish (Brora?), at least 10 years of age.
The nose is rife with butterscotch, toffee and stewed apples. I get cloves and wood shavings and a whole bouquet of herbs from mum’s kitchen greenhouse. Ricola cough bonbons, maple syrup. Somewhat light but very complex.
This one has quite the body! Big fat tears in the glass. It’s the tannins as scream for attention, immediately followed by malt and kitchen herbs and the bitterness of walnut skins. Red apples with honey. A touch of ginger and nutmeg to complete the picture. You can almost chew this one. It tasts… well… luxurious.
The finish is slighty oaky and of medium length.
This is the sort of whisky I like to pour for good friends. It’s about 35 EUR and well worth it.