I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Mr. Mario Groteklaes of The Nectar during Whisky Live Singapore a few months back. What a legend with a wealth of whisky knowledge!
Mario brought three of his current releases to the show, all bottled to celebrate The Nectar’s 10th anniversary; this particular bottling is a 26 year old that has been matured in a rum cask. I was told it came from the Northern Ireland.
Lime zest and green kiwi from the get go on the nose, it is certainly a much welcomed refreshing scent at a whisky show after everyone has had a few generic drams. The combination of vanilla stalks and cedar wood note are very charming.
Lime flesh cured in a rich sticky sugary syrup that provides a crescendo both in sweetness and acidity, it’s not unlike those energy gel one takes before a marathon, the juice conveys that simple glucose, both in terms of mouthfeel and intensity of the sweetness.
As the sweetness prolongs, the palate evolves as well, it gives a delicious egg tart note that provides a custard-y satisfaction; and as the sweetness mellows green apples and pine needles surface for a lighter but still lingering finish that doesn’t leave one feel glutted.
Fresh, sweet and rewarding.
[55.8%・2016・26 Years Old・ The Nectar・Anniversary Release]