Dram Review: Nantou Omar Cask Strength (Plum Liqueur Barrel Finished)

[54.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited Release]

Nose:

Definitely quite young with the new make characters still apparent, carrying an oily spirit style.  The plum liqueur influence has a rather low tone, which is unexpected and a bit lacklustre.  A faint ester-y fragrance of over-ripen fruits and rose petals.  Interestingly enough the lower tone does promote the naturally sweet aromas of barley.

Palate & Finish:

The plums give off a quirky vinegary acidity which is followed by a noticeably young malty presence.  Some interesting umeshu notes in the background providing wee sweetness with a cheap-liqueur-esque alcohol burn before turning somewhat bitter with the introduction of nutmeg.

The finishing subduedly carries on the theme.

Thoughts:

An outside-the-box attempt to make something interesting, though it does feel like the execution was a bit muddled..

Growing pains of a young distillery I suppose..

-Nicholas