Dram Review: Black Gate BG022

[50.0% Distilled in 2014Bottled in 20173 Years OldOfficial BottlingSingle Cask Release of 199 Bottles]

Nose:

On the nose, the whisky attains quite the Port cask influence on the surface, lemony with a generous dose of blackcurrants.  Musky and floral but at the same time there are these familiar notes of gritty dust and dirty diesel amongst notes of chocolate dust, cloves, cola syrup and aged lemon.

Palate & Finish:

A big juicy hit on the palate as driven by the cask.  Vanilla and caramel alongside blackcurrants and a hearty splash of cinnamon with just a hint of malt.  It turns rather woody from the mid-palate as the spices hammer down, releasing some notes of pear in the process.

A touch on the dry and woody side in the finish but there are loads of malted biscuit and milk chocolate to chew on.

Thoughts:

This one seems like a throw back to the roots of the grittier middle Australian malt that Australian whisky fans have grown affectionate towards, the Black Gate identity is well preserved behind the mask of the Port cask.

Cheers Gareth for the dram, it’s much appreciated.

-Nicholas