Isle of Raasay 45 month old Chinkapin oak cask from Cask Share.

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This whisky was tasted as part of the @newdramdrinker CO’s tasting with Cask Share on 21/11/21

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Appearance

Russet brown in colour, the medium thick swirl line beads up immediately and drops very slow medium thick legs and small teardrops.

Nose

Straight away this whisky is all about a sweet oaky peat, no need to go looking for these aromas, they jump out at you to be honest. Botanical and vegetal notes come through next and then a dusty old leather aroma, Dijon mustard and cooked ham.

More time in the glass brings out more sweetness for me. Foam bananas, marshmallows, with a mix of stoned fruits and red berries. Perhaps a hint of smouldering outdoor fires, lychee, Virginia hand rolling tobacco, and vanilla pastries, it’s quite a nose.

Palate

Spicy, which is lovely, and the peat is instantly there, charcoal, hardwood shavings, cigar leaves, and a punnet of red berries bringing sweetness, so far the palate is much like the nose.

The spice really does last, and it’s almost fizzy/sherbet like with energy, it goes on and on. Wood varnish, ginger, cinnamon and anise pile in on the palate and we’re definitely heading towards hickory infused coffee too.

Finish

Long in length, with more of that sweet, oak and peat. Cranberries, cherries and apricots bring the bulk of the fruits, black liquorice, anise, and high cocoa content dark chocolate follow along, and the peat finishes of the trinity very nicely.

My thoughts

Three times now iv’e had the privilege of tasting this peated Chinkapin oak from the Isle of Raasay distillery, all at different ages, and the main take away for me is the sheer speed with which Chinkapin oak reacts with new make spirit. The samples iv’e tried have got better and better, it’s very impressive, this one is so flavourful, it’s spicy, punchy, oaky and sweet, and i’d love to have a bottle in my whisky cupboard.


Notes – This sample is non chill filtered, natural in colour and at natural cask strength.

Cask Share’s website can be found here. You can sign up as a New dram drinker CO here.

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