Name: Distillery Cask
Bottle Size: 200ml
Price: Don’t remember
Cask Type: Oloroso
Cask #: 934
Nose: Cherry, blackcurrant, cloves, nutmeg, raspberry
Palate: Dark berries, dates, prunes, spicy
Finish: Medium length, spicy, oak
Another purchase back in 2016 as part of my Scotland trip when I called into the distillery. Interestingly I got to fill the bootle myself as they had no more 200ml bottles left. I got taken to the warehouse and the special room where the cask was being held and got to use the traditional valinch to fill the bottle directly, it’s harder than it looks actually. I did not quite get enough out of the cask on my first attempt so there was still some room in the bottle, this meant I had to get a bit more out which was easy enough, the tricky part was just releasing a small amount into the bottle, which I failed at 🙁
Well there is no mistaking what cask it has been finished in with a real deep colour to it. The nose is therefore unsurprisingly full of dark fruits such as black cherry and blackcurrant along with… oh bollocks, I’ve just knocked the glass over, half of it spilt on my Mac, and I’ve not even had a drink of it yet 😒… a real spicy note, nutmeg and cloves stand out for me. With a bit of time in the glass the dark fruits move towards the background and a touch of lighter berries are detectable such as raspberries.
The palate is bold and spicy with the dark berries present along with with dates and prunes. Where the ABV was quite well hidden on the nose, it does make itself known on the palate but not as much as you might think for a 59.4% dram. The spice notes from the nose are also present on the palate which carry onto the finish, which is surprisingly not as long as I expected.
This has been a very pleasant dram with the complexity I have become to expect from a heavy sherry finished whisky. The experience of filling it myself obviously added to the enjoyment but I have not let that influence the rating I gave it.