Whisky Review: Royal Salute “62 Gun Salute”

[43.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Pernod Ricard Bottling・Limited Release]

Nose:

The nose is ambitious.  Polished mahogany sitting at the workshop, trimmed vegetable tanned leather.  The incense disperses in the background as the edible notes enter.  Caramel is dressed with an even mix of ground black pepper and candied ginger as the oak injects itself into the conversation.

Palate & Finish:

A syrupy palate delivery of a crowd pleasing nature.  Plenty of oak as though it is imperative that the ages of some of the casks are highlighted.  The acidity from the Christmas fruits comes through smoothly.  Quite a complex presentation of notes such as dark chocolate, French coffee, cinnamon and sea salt.

The finishing is soft but the Christmas spices remain lively.  The Spanish oak tannins provide for a technical finish.

Thoughts:

The nose exceeds what one would hope to experience as the palate & finish deliver what one would expect from the dram.

-Nicholas