28 August 2014

Quick Fire Whisky Tasting Notes #40

Balvenie Single Barrel 15 Year Old
Sherry Cask
Nose: Sherry soaked sultanas and raisins, stewed prunes, warm glugs of honey, candied mixed peel, toffee apples, cinnamon infused poached pears, Cadbury’s Crunchie bar, sugared almonds, Waitrose treacle tart, McVitie's Jamaica ginger cake, wood spice, struck match, hoisin sauce and a pleasantly protruding pinch-ette of cayenne pepper.
Palate: Sweet oozing oodles of wood spiced infused Oloroso sherry, Cadbury’s Bournville Old Jamaica Chocolate bar, grilled pineapple rings, oven baked peaches, orange zest, stem ginger, spiced honey, toasted walnuts and a pan of warm salted demerara caramel.
Finish: A right rollickingly rich, sheer sherried, sumptuously spiced, long lush lingering finish.
Summary: As a huge fan of the standard 15 Year Old Single Barrel, it has to be said that the Sherry Cask doesn't quite share the same 'tightrope walker' level of balance and is a little rough around the edges, but that aside it still makes for a good honest drop of dramspankage.