Whisky Review: Black Gate Single Malt Cask Strength Cask 11

 

Style: Musky and Spicy

Nose:

A mash of sweetness and spices with an herbal overtone. Beneath the cover reveals a lower acidic branch, a mix of super lemon candies and cola gummies. Chilli spice puffs out together with vinegar.

Palate:

Crystallized red fruits shattered as toffee core slowly dripping out. Unique, lip-smacking sweetness comes together with some punchy spice. Musky toffee marches on while ethereal herbs lace around it. Cola fizzing and chilli flakes flaring out till the end.

Finish:

Almost elusive Aussie sherry finish in an alto note. Cola gummies again and slowly the spirit mask has been lifted off overtime and we have some sherry flowing for a while.

Thoughts:

It has been quite a while since I revisit whiskies from Black Gate. A pretty nice special strength sipper. Musky, solid sweetness with a hint of herbal touch. I will look forward to the years to come from the nice people in Black Gate, Mendooran for the coming years when the malt matures further!

[65.8 • 2016 • Original Bottling • Cask Strength • Single Cask • No Age Statement • Non Coloured • Non Chill Filtered • Limited Edition • Aged 3 Years • 116 of 169 Bottles]

-Esmond