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