Dram Review: Black Gate Cask #007

[50.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release]

Nose:

It certain feels more refined from the get go, concentrated sugary note from muscat grapes that have been naturally dried. Golden honey with a layer of rich beeswax generously applied atop. There is also a comforting dried lemon note that would normally only come from whiskies matured well beyond this one.

Palate & Finish:

A soothing lemon infused honey note on the palate, a new timber note that swiftly subsides; a thin bodied dram with vanilla grain and tingling wood spices.

Soft and floral in the finish with hints of spearmint and cinnamon powder, vaguely easing in and out..

Thoughts:

Having been a fan of the distillery since BG002, their first batch, I must say this is a release I didn’t quite expect from Black Gate; not a knock on the whisky itself but the whisky definitely feels less rugged, perhaps this is representing a new direction as the production becomes more evolved and sophisticated.

– Nicholas