This whisky was tasted as part of the @newdramdrinker CO’s tasting with Cask Share on 21/11/21
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Very light in colour, white wine like, with a nice thick swirl line and syrupy thick legs.
Straight away it’s spicy on the nose, with aromatic wood and a slight perfume note, a dustiness with icing sugar and cake frosting sweetness too.
I’m finding juicy pineapple chunks and apricots, cereals and grains, and an intriguing smokiness, along with a chewing gum aroma, from an old brand of gum who’s name escapes me at the moment.
Nice mouthfeel kicks this off, and immediately I get a healthy amount of smoke mixed with monkey nuts, still in the casings, and peanut brittle, not a mix iv’e come across very often, but i liked it last time i got it..
The spices are lovely, plenty of cinnamon and vanilla, and towards the end of the palate it becomes dark and spicy. Chocolate coated ginger biscuits, cumin, blood orange zest and pomegranates.
Quite long in length, and it continues to stay spicy until it tails off. Sweet lemon comes through towards the end now, and the icing sugar surfaces again, it’s a lovely mixture.
This was my first from the Ardamurchan distillery, and this has been a great way to get to know their whisky. This may be from an Ex-Bourbon cask, but it offers more than the usual Ex-Bourbon cask to be honest, it has more depth of flavour than many iv’e tasted so far. I have to declare that my go to cask type is Ex-Bourbon, iv’e tried more than a few, and this whisky stands out for me, and i’d love a bottle in my whisky cupboard.
Notes – This sample is non chill filtered, natural in colour and at natural cask strength.
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