Just a few weeks ago I tried a couple of these malts that were delicious, each and every one. I’m talking about the sister casks from 2007 with numbers starting with #900xxx. I tasted 181 for The Nectar, 201 for Jan Visser, 148 and 149 for The Ultimate and now 131 for the 10th edition of The Whisky Show from The Whisky Exchange. I presume it will be of the same quality, so I’m already wringing my hands in anticipation. And I have two more samples of the same ilk on my desk!
Like its twins, the dark nose offers cherries and raisins, cola candy and orange marmalade. But it has to be said: the nose takes time to be discovered. Starts closed and soft. But give it time and you will once more be glad to find a great, dark and sweet sherry bomb.
Despite the ABV, this one is treacherously soft. It takes a while for your taste buds to realize that a sniper has settled on your palate. This is a sneaky bastard. The cherries and oranges reappear in full regalia, joined by a lot of spices. Nutmeg and cloves up front, chili pepper and liquorice in the back. In contract to the sister casks, this one remains juicy and does not dry up your mouth.
The finish is not that long, but sweet and spicy.
This is the more subtle of the series, no doubt. But it remains a grand malt.