American Oak – Colheita Porto Tawny barrel
Matured in a medium charred American white Oak barrel that had held Portugal’s finest Colheita Porto Tawny, this whisky is a complex, joyous and immensely rewarding experience from the get-go. The colour is a wonderful and deep mahogany with gold ochre hues dancing in the glass as it is slowly rolled around.
The nose presents a bouquet of burnt sugar, raisins, quince paste and glace figs – and just when one thinks that is all it has, notes of polished rich old balsamic and very fine vanilla come through along with dark fruit notes, muscat and sweet caramel.
The whisky has a clean entry on the palate, broad, luscious, long, and intense. All the wonderful fruit flavours come through in a cascade and then a torrent; subsequent sips yielding deep citrussy notes, marzipan, and cereal, before transitioning to notes of dry sherry, umami, and butterscotch. With time in glass, the whisky settles into its groove and starts to display a lithe peppery profile where the sweetness is complimented and balanced.
The finish is glorious – toasty, warm, buttery, and wonderfully tannic, with amazing notes of stewed fruit, molasses, marmite coupled to spices. Delightful, rewarding, challenging and yet friendly – this is a special drop to be enjoyed with special friends.