Luckily the Edradour malts are sometimes also bottled at cask strength as is the case with sherry cask #414 that went into these lovely Ibisco decanter. Exactly 700 were released. I got hold of a sample through a swap with a friend in Hungary. It’s nice to have whisky friends all over the globe.
This is undoubtedly a first fill sherry cask #404 that was recently bottled by Dutch bottler van Wees, for it’s an absolute sherry bomb on the nose. Cherries, raisins, plums and chocolate with candied fruit and orange liqueur are on offer. A big herbal note as well. Green garden herbs. Boy, this is so good!
It is almost creamy on the palate. Quite piquant too. Think nutmeg, cloves, saffron and chili peppers. Makes me gasp for breath. But the alcohol is quite well integrated, so I do not need to add water. Dark chocolate, figs and dades, cherries and a bit of candied syrup. Use this to flambé a pancake!
The finish is honeysweet and somewhat peppery. Very long. Pure candied syrup on chili peppers. Kaboom!
Okay, so the hype around these young Edradour malts in recent months seem warranted. So make sure you get at least one of these in your cabinet. Köszönöm, András.