Our third tasting pack features:
Sullivans Cove Double Cask (40.0% ABV)
Sullivans Cove charged into the global spotlight after winning the World Whisky Awards Best Single Malt of 2014 for its French Oak Port Cask. The Double Cask is this award winning malt mixed with their equally good American Oak finish, so both Port and Bourbon will shape this whisky.
Nose: Syrupy, with the candied fruit smell of dates and sultanas. Strong notes of vanilla pods and light touches of melon, with a good amount of orange citrus and sugary honey.
Palate: The candied fruit develops with subtle port notes into a fruitcake flavour, with all spice and cereals that give the impression of a buttery biscuit base.
Finish: Nice and long with syrup coated apple and citrus trailing away.
Balvenie 14 Year Old – Caribbean Cask (43.0% ABV)
This whisky is matured to 14 years in standard oak barrels before being briefly finished in Caribbean rum casks. This process creates a subtle rum flavour and smell that enhances an otherwise well aged Balvenie.
Nose: Tropical fruits such as banana, passion fruit, and a light pineapple note. Some caramel fudge and light lemon citrus with a grain and wheat element.
Palate: The more bourbon cask elements such as apple and vanilla develop strongly, but there is a subtle rum flavour, which adds a sticky sweetness, laid over the light sweetness underneath.
Finish: The rum drops away on the finish leaving vanilla and some tropical fruits like mango and pineapple.
BenRiach 15 Year Old – Dark Rum Finish (46.0% ABV)
Matured similarly to the Caribbean Cask, this whisky is matured to 15 years and then finished in casks from Jamaica previously used to mature Dark Rum. This is a manageable but more intense rum flavour than many rum finishes.
Nose: Sweetness and almonds with oat and cereal notes. Rum smells such as burnt sugar and tropical fruit come through.
Palate: Thick sugary sweetness with light citrus and vanilla lies on to of barley cereal flavours and a molasses quality.
Finish: Long and rich, the rum remains strong on the finish with the return of the almond and nut flavours.
Aberlour A’Bunadh Batch 49 (60.1% ABV)
Batch numbers sometimes don’t make a great deal of difference, but with Aberlour’s A’Bunadh series there can be a huge variation. They all aim for a rich sherry feel but can include other flavours as diverse as light fruits and meaty tastes. Batch 49 is another brilliant expression, matured in Spanish Oloroso sherry butts.
Nose: Sherry is dominant, with candied orange, Brazil nuts and hazelnuts, and allspice.
Palate: Big flavour of sherry with some coffee and dried fruits, and an almost hickory meaty quality.
Finish: Very long with strong sherried fruits and warming winter spices.
Caol Ila Moch (43.0% ABV)
Gaelic for “dawn”, Moch is a softer Caol Ila than most. It doesn’t go as far as the unpeated variant, but the level of phenol peat intensity has been reduced. The relatively low alcohol content also helps to lighten and bring out the subtle flavours.
Nose: Light lemon citrus and apple, with cereals and vanilla. Hay and floral heather notes.
Palate: Lemon citrus mixing with sugar and cereals creates a lemon tart flavour, but mixed with soft wood and tobacco smoke. A dryness but with an underlying sweetness.
Finish: Medium length with citrus and slowly dissipating smoke.
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