Appearance – Light straw in colour, very viscous on the glass and beads up, loverly thick legs.
Nose – Darker fruits straight away, and a fair ABV whack with it. Black cherries with black grapes, black pepper, star anise, liquorice, linseed oil, figs and Xmas pudding.
Palate – ooh, definitely a darker taste, dusty books, old leather, so warming with a super mouthfeel. Spicy now, ginger, cardamom, black pepper, and cloves. There’s also a sweetness that runs through this, and it balances the heavier dark notes so well, there’s oak too, again the sweetness balances with it, it’s loverly.
Finish – Long and builds up with Xmas pudding, black pepper, ginger, clove, sultanas, slight chilli heat, oak tannins but not drying, and a dusting of icing sugar. An absolutely gorgeous whiskey.
My thoughts – As with the series 1 & 2 bottlings, this is also a worthy member of the Brabazon range, imho it just takes top spot up until now because it noses and tastes older, of an older style of whiskey, it has great substance.
Would I buy a bottle? – It’s another yes from the Brabazon series, and I truly hope they follow this bottle up with another show stopper.
Thanks to – @james_kilgannon (Twitter).