Dram Review: Overeem Sherry Cask Matured OHD-090

[43.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Cask No. OHD-090・Single Cask Release of 181 Bottles]

Nose:

Stewed fruits and anise with an earthy gun powder undertone.  The intensity of the “Sherry” influence is otherwise subdued.  In time it turns quite herbal, with some clay and oak notes sipping out in a tame manner.

Palate & Finish:

The palate is much more expressive than the nose but still it’s on the moderate side.  Strawberry jam, cinnamon dust, raisins laced with a balsamic vinegar reduction combining seamlessly.   There is a slight yeasty presence but overall a steady delivery with just a fine weave of spices.

Following the dispersing of spices, the finishing is left with a thin layer of buttery caramel sauce and blackcurrant jam and is mildly drying.

Thoughts:

I would easily have picked this as a simplistic vatted Aussie rather than a Tasmanian single cask if I were offer this blind.  There’s something approachable about the new batches of Overeem (this one included) despite being single cask offerings..

-Nicholas