From its multi-award-winning ‘Batch Strength’ series. Bottled un-chill-filtered at 56.8% ABV, with each sherry cask meticulously hand-selected to create this one-of-a-kind release.
Appearance: Honey gold with a beaded swirl mark. Plenty of alow-forming medium legs and a corrugated film circling the glass.
Nose: A lovely spiced honey and vanilla sweetness. There are also some sweeter spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg.
Sugared roasted nuts bring a Christmas feel to the nose.
There’s a very distant citrus element also, lemon I think.
While drinking the nose reveals more dark stewed fruits and pastry.
Late on in the glass, I also note a ‘milk of magnesia’ taste, which I’m not fond of.
Palate: A semi-viscous mouthfeel. Spice forward with plenty of white pepper and those sweet spices underneath. The ABV is obvious and it’s quite drying on the back half of the tongue and throat.
Again there’s the vanilla but this time thicker and ‘smoother’ like custard. As the glass matures the pepper note morphs into more ABV chilli-like tingling, it’s quite a dominating flavour, which I’m not a fan of in this case.
There are some of those darker fruit notes which add a tad of depth and jammy richness.
Finish: Long, dry and spicy. The fruit notes aren’t as evident as I’d like and the chilli is too much.
Overall: It’s close to being a really lovely CS whisky but just misses the mark due to the lack of balance between the spice and fruitier notes. The drying is also quite strong and off-putting.