American Double Oak – SQT Porto & Maple barrels
Matured in a combination of shaven and medium charred American Oak barrels, each barrel seasoned with fine Portuguese Single Quinta Tawny (SQT) Port and Canadian AAA grade Maple Syrup, this whisky has retained the character of its spirit, through the maturation. It has a marvellous golden amber hue, with the colours of dusk and ochre red sunsets in the outback at the edges.
The nose is at once clean, long, nutty and balanced. Subtle chocolatey cherry ripe aromas with notes of pancake, vanilla, mocha, maple syrup, and toffee. One is almost tempted to pour it on the finest gelati. A second whiff brings out a deeper, more autumnal note one would associate with Pine wood or pine needle tea. Over several minutes, the nose continues to show chameleon like abilities, transcending from nutty to spicy to coffee to cocoa.
On the palate, all those promises come to fruition in a fine and balanced dance of cinnamon, saffron, nutmeg, mace and cloves. Subsequent sips yield lovely notes of pecorino, honey mead and fine fatty jamon. Savoury caramel and maple, followed with a burst of fortified dark berries, complimented by the notes of chocolate fudge, slight coffee and vanilla.
The finish is astounding – long, deeply satisfying running into several minutes and leaving behind complex flavours of creaming soda, honey mead, maple bacon, and the finest bitters coupled to a very beautiful dry finish that is peppery without being too much. This Whisky is complex, deeply satisfying and one to treasure with a fine charcuterie of the best meats.