First Impression: Limeburners Darkest Winter M350

[63.8%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2017・Official Bottling・Cask M350・Single Cask Release of 218 Bottles]

Nose:

Starts off with a luscious dose of well churned caramel and a café au lait influence.  The spirit gives off quite an oily impression but otherwise it’s a bit green and a bit bare initially.  In time the peat and smoke surface in the form of burnt tyres, a bit vegetative with some wild flowers.  Underneath the layer of peat, there are fruits and sugar, with some cloves coming on as the oak exerts itself.

Palate & Finish:

A thick delivery of poached pears as the sugar boils away, making it a sticky affair.  Then comes an influx of citrus nectar along with a generous amount of spices.  The peat is introduced at a subdued level though it has a steady follow through.

The finishing is towards the gritty side with the coarseness of the barley, weetbix and crushed coffee beans on show.

Thoughts:

With only two releases, the Darkest Winter has established itself as Limeburners’ flagship series; batch two is again a decent release from the Western Australian distillery, the series should become more refined in the years to come..

Nicholas