Whisky Review: SMWS Hanyu 131.2 “Magic Carpet in a Sweetie Shop”

[55.1%・Distilled in 2000・Bottled in 2014・13 Years Old・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 646 Bottles]

Nose:

Incredibly syrupy with the toffee treacle.  Plenty of aged leather with a hint of candied ginger but the overall tone leans towards the heaviness as gifted by a thick syrupy cask.  There is a rich waxiness amidst the prominent spices as a delicate brush of blackcurrant sweetness is released from the background, bringing along other dark fruits.  There is  a hint of caramelized popcorn that surfaces in time.

Palate & Finish:

Oh the sweetness, intensely rich with the buttery toffee, astoundingly thick with the blackcurrant jam, raisins and five spices, dark berry coulis and dark chocolate block all coming together.  The delivery grows even heavier with a richer assertion of dried fruits, satisfaction ensues..

The finishing is mellow with only traces of dark fruits and strawberry chewing gum remaining.  Quite a juxtaposition for a whisky which such a heavy premise, something comforting after a breathtaking experience.

Thoughts:

Quality 1st fill Sherry butts can seem a bit homogeneous at times but once in a while a marvelous cask comes along and throws a curve ball that stuns the crowd.  This is one of those instances..

-Nicholas