Appearance – This is a very deep copper in colour, beads up on the swirl line, thin legs.
Nose – Carbolic soap, Parma violets, black cherries, Irn bru, there’s a loverly sweet note that I can’t place yet, currants, slightly musty.
Palate – Lots of stewed dark fruits, cigar leaves, wood varnish, ginger cake, figs, black pepper, oak, fruit cocktail syrup from the can, there’s prunes and earthiness for me too.
Finish – Quite long, very spicy, chillis, black peppercorns, it’s really warming, an autumnal dram, plenty of oak, cigar leaves, cinnamon and ginger, rather nice. I quite like it, very spicy like Bourbon Rye.
My thoughts – Of the 5 blind samples tasted on this tasting this was the most devisive whisky amongst them, admittedly it feels a little young, but personally I really enjoyed the flavours within it, it reminds me of a very spicy Rye Bourbon, a proper mouthful of spices and heat, it’s not for the feint hearted that’s for sure.
Would I buy a bottle? – I personally would, though some would be better off trying a sample first, it could be too spicy for some palates.
Notes – I believe this bottle is non chill filtered and natural colour.
Thanks to – The Blind Tasting consortium and @TheWhiskyNovice (Twitter).
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