Name: Hearts & Crafts Sauternes Cask
Bottle Size: 70cl
Cask Type: Sauternes
Bottles in Batch: 2050
Nose: Malty, jammy, fleshy fruits, metallic
Palate: Oak, stewed fruits, leather
Finish: Dry, spicy
I remember pre-ordering 2 bottles of the Cotswolds Inaugural Release around 12 months before it was to be released, I was looking forward to it that much, and I wasn’t disappointed. I ordered 2 with the intention of putting one up, that didn’t happen however, they were too tasty.
This expression has been maturing in Sauternes Cask for it’s full term, although it does not state anywhere what that term was. It has a beautiful golden colour to it, clearly taking a lot from the cask.
The nose is malty with a thick, sweet, raspberry jam yumminess to it. With water it is more fleshy orchard fruits initially with a slight metallic edge to it towards the end.
The palate is very rich, plenty of oak upfront giving way to stewed fruits and then a leathery quality which gives it depth. It has quite a dry mouth feel which extends onto the finish too along with plenty of wood spice. With water the dryness partly transforms into a creamy texture on palate but the dryness is still present on the finish. Water does seem to bring out some dirty earth quality, just not in a good way unlike with some whiskies.
Overall I am a little disappointed in it to be honest. It’s not bad but it’s not as good as the Inaugural release was and for £75 I was hoping for more. Adding water ruins it however in my opinion, I don’t really like the palate with water.