Grain whisky in a sherry cask… it does not happen often. But if it works – as it does in this bottling – it can give you a fantastic whisky. The German Malts of Scotland released this North British 2000 at the end of 2015. Judging by the color, it slept on a fairly active cask.
It should not come as a surprise that the first whiff is rife with glue or even nail polish remover, but that evaporates quickly to make room for very fruity notes from all kinds of berries, cherries and chocolate. It is fairly spicy on cloves and some cinnamon. This is a very layered and beautiful nose!
The arrival is very powerful and peppery. Cinnamon again. But then a big fruitiness kicks in. Cherries, raspberries and blueberries return, but also a hint of coffee and dark chocolate. Burnt caramel appears. Again very layered, but surprisingly quaffable, despite the ABV.
The finish is the perfect continuation of the palate, but very dry at the death.
Wow, what a beautiful, layered North British! Recommended. Who said grain whisky is inferior to malt? Try this one and learn the truth!