You fellows seem to be having a 'sweet' time tonight, so maybe I'll pour a final dram before I hit the sack.Old Malt Cask Distilled At Braeval Distillery / Aged 10 Years / Fully Matured In One Sherry Butt (761 bottles in total) & entitled "A Single Cask Bottling for A Fine Cigar's Pleasure"
(no accompanying cigar for me on this occasion)Colour
: Lemon gold with a faint straw cast.Nose
: A whiff of acetone. Pear pastilles. Honey. Clover. Dandelions in the spring. Wet grass. A very, very faint scent of saddlery or, perhaps, cured tobacco leaves.Palate
: Viscous to the point of stickiness initially. Sweetness immediately followed by JalapeÃ±o-like heat. That somewhat candied pear fruit noted on the nose then reappears in the mouth and bores its way right through the spirity heat. Grapey too, in the manner of a Muscat dessert wine. Spruce resin-like spices and tannins pop up from the oak, and the malt seems to be going in different directions all at once.Finish
: A sense of lingering honeyed sweetness fights citrusy tartness amidst some seriously drying input and a hint of burning matches from the Sherry cask. Comment
: Vivacious, and even a little on the wild, disjointed side. Though not exactly a 'class act' on its own, I can imagine this whisky working quite well with a Fonseca or Por LarraÃ±aga (Habanos, of course) along for the ride.
Will dredge up more Sherry 'monsters' from the loch as the week progresses.
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