Dram Review: Heartwood @#$%^&*

[62.5%・10 Years Old・Bottled in 2017・Tasmania Distillery・Heartwood Bottling・Cask No. TD 124・Single Cask Release of 337 Bottles]

Nose:

A lower than usual ABV doesn’t mean this feels tamer than your normal Heartwood.  Still quite big with that familiar “Sherry” heaviness coming through; forceful to the point it feels like being pressed by Tim into a thoroughly drenched barrel.  Also quite vegetative on the side.

Palate & Finish:

Good mouthfeel, very thick with the two first fill “Sherry” casks working overtime, raisins and sultana through and through.  It’s singular but at the same time it provides a basic gratification.

A solid follow through that continues to be very syrupy.

Thoughts:

Three years of being rigorously “Heartwooded” in first fill “Sherry” casks obviously paid off in the sense that the whisky profile has completely been changed, now heavily showcasing what the finishing casks have to offer and it’s now big and bold enough for the ordinary Heartwood fans.

I do wonder what this whisky was like previously, it seems like any trace of its past existence has been mercilessly redacted.

[Recommended if you like the style/distillery]

-Nicholas