French Triple Oak – Chardonnay, Oloroso & Apera Barrels
Matured in a combination of shaven and heavily charred French oak casks that had each previously held Spanish Oloroso Sherry, Orlando Chardonnay and Australian Apera, this whisky has significant depth and flavour, body and balance.
With a dark amber red hue, the whisky is pleasing in the clarity of the nose. Restrained and shy at first, it hides the beast of a whisky that is hiding in plain sight. Aromas of Christmas cake and spices of cinnamon and star anise, burnt caramel and toffee, coupled with citrus peels, a panoply of berries and redskin Lollies.
The palate shines through with dried figs, dates and raisins. Salted caramel and dark macerated fruits follow, reminiscent of a 1960’s Bowmore. This whisky would accompany the best Christmas cake and add to the experience with its blend of fine nougat, sweet vanilla and chewy mouth-feel.
Decadence invites further sips providing a medium to long dry finish with notes of forest fruits, dark chocolate and oolong tea… spice notes of nutmeg, mace, cloves, pepper, and lovely bitter marmalade to finish it all off. An absolute belter which balances the flavours and finish perfectly.