For the 100th jubilee of the Dutch importer De Monnik Dranken, the distillery manager Robbie Hughes selected this single cask from 2015. It was presented a little over a year ago, but only now reached my neck of the woods thanks to my Dutch buddy Manny.
Now that is a dark and sweet nose. Figs, raisins and dates, candied sugar and cherries. The whole is sprinkled with warm caramel. And the alcohol is perfectly integrated. This smells soft, despite the sturdy ABV. Nice.
It could do with a little more body. This is quite light. Luckily the taste is bull’s eye. The fruit is rather red now. Think raspberries, toffee apples and cherries, nicely seasoned on nutmeg, cinnamon and mocha. Some hazelnuts appear. It becomes a bid drying towards the end, but remains smooth enough to keep things pleasant.
The finish is a nice continuation of the palate, but could have been somewhat longer and more intense. The spices fade just a tad too quickly to my taste.
Nicely balanced whisky. This would have been perfect for The Legacy. But hey, the Dutch too deserve a good dram from time to time, right? Just kidding. Thanks, Manny.