Willie JJ wrote:The bottles of the finishes don't carry age statements so its really impossible to tell, but I assume they are not as old as the 15yo (or it would be stated)...
Not as old as the 15YO, for certain.
If I'm not mistaken, my one remaining unopened bottle of the Port Wood Finish (it's a VERY early release of that whisky) actually states on the back label that the whisky had spent 12 years in ex-Bourbon wood and another couple of years in Port wood.
Guess I'll have to dig the bottle out of the rear of the cabinet to verify this.
And as a postscript, I don't find the newer Quinta Ruban version nearly as good overall. Lots of flavour impact, to be sure. But it just seems a little rough around the edges. I ascribe this at least partially (and notwithstanding the increased alcohol and lack of chill filtration) to a shortening of the total maturation time in comparison to the older Wood Finish edition.