I suppose whisky writers, and whisky enthusiasts for that matter, have all dreamt about bottling their own whiskies at some point. So firstly, congratulations are in order, AD you have continued to inspire, this time not with your writing but with a spectacular offering.
This particular whisky here was distilled in 1997, matured in a first filled sherry butt for 9 years, and bottled at 60.5% with an appealing dark brown colour and just a slight touch of burgundy. I have recently come across South East Asian releases of 105 8Yo and 105 10Yo, it would be a treat to perhaps do a side by side later on.
Big bright syrup drenched figs on the nose, the wood influence is clean and tidy. A straight forward delivery with just a subtle toffee lolly note beneath. There is a gritty element to it, new car leather with a burnt butter note, and a touch of eucalyptus on the backend.
This has an oily mouthfeel that just coats the tastebuds, syrupy with a fresh whipped butter note. Figs and molasses with the wood spices steadily giving but in no way stealing the scene. The maltiness comes out like a weet-bix biscuit, with a hint of lemon marmalade on the mid-palate bringing in a citrus presence.
The finishing is akin to a piccolo topped with cinnamon sugar, chocolate dust and a touch of melted milk chocolate buttons.
It’s direct, it’s bold and it’s enjoyable. It gives a good burn and knocks your socks off whilst maintaining a good balance. Nice pick, AD.