Matured in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks.
Appearance: Lager amber. A decent swirl line with some long teardrops and a little beading. After a short while a few medium to thick trails form within a viscous film.
Nose: A nice level of alcohol. Confectionary sweet with some blackberry jam. Vanilla and pastry notes, together with some stewed gooseberries. Orchard fruits start to appear as the dram matures, green apple and pear in particular. There’s also a subtle damp basement funk, but not as much as I was expecting. Towards the finish, some deeper and richer steeped dried fruit aromas appear too.
Palate: A semi-viscous mouthfeel. Light black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, rich fruit and pasty, cherry cheesecake springs to mind. Some orange and vanilla also join the flavours pretty promptly too. The palate is as friendly as the nose on this one, very mellow and desserty. Some faint lemon sherbert, a growing spice note and creamy vanilla arrive now.
Finish: Custard-covered orchard fruits, a dusting of black pepper and a little of that cinnamon sweetness linger for a short to medium amount of time.
Overall: There’s nothing unpleasant about this whisky at all, it’s very friendly and unthreatening. If you’re after something a bit different then this isn’t it, but it is a very nice predictable and solid dram.