The newest Glenburgie by Asta Morris – the sixth already – was finished by Bert on a Caroni rum cask. That rum, he had previously bottled himself under the Rasta Morris label. He cut it to 52%, enabling us to compare it to the 5th Glenburgie he had bottled a few months back from his Foursquare rum cask. I have put them head-to-head.
At first, I get a touch of rubber on the nose, but it evaporates before it disturbs. Then some typical notes of vanilla, honey, white fruit and grass. Secondly I do get something special that I can only attribute to the Caroni rum, I suppose: banana, caramel and frangipane cake. This one is just a tad rounder than his predecessor.
It’s a bit more difficult on the palate, though. Next to the very typical notes of white fruit and pepper, I again get some rubber, albeit in the back. Luckily that is quickly replaced by some quasi-exotic fruit like banana and mango. It sports a little less spiciness, but all the more fruit.
The finish is much longer, almost piquant, but at the end equally dry – if not more so – than the previous release.
It’s good fun to find these two Glenburgie that, while distilled at the same time, but finished in another cask, are very similar yet different. It’s very little nuances. Like its twin, you can buy this for around 65 EUR. I have a slight preference for the one finished on the Foursquare cask.