This is part of a series designed to explore second maturations in various kinds of virgin oak – right in line with the current trend, including the lack of an age statement.
Heavily toasted French Oak finish – 53.2%
My Tasting Notes:
Colour: Dark amber
Nose: Toasted walnuts, freshly cut oak, hints of eucalyptus, vanilla, citrus zest, cloves, nutmeg and hints of pepper.
Palate: Caramelized walnuts, just hints of orange zest and vanilla, a light fudgey sweetness, and the same spice mix as in the nose, but there is also a mildly floral element.
Finish: Long and spicy.
Overall: The wood really weighs down heavily on this dram, on the verge of totally overpowering the spirit. Mind you, it tastes good and proves once more that wood exctraction done right can define a modern whisky more than distillery house style.
Rating: 86/100 – Price Tag $$$$$ – Value for your Money $$$$$
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