Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex Bourbon Refill, finished in ex-Spanish Wine First Fill
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Dram Mor Group
Average price: € 60.00
Official website: drammorgroup.com
I return to the autumn series recently released by the independent Scottish bottler, which takes up a Glenrothes cask after the one used in the first release (a 10 years old in Bourbon and Oloroso).
In fact, in this second round there are two casks (2850 and 2851, to be precise), ex-Bourbon twins both left to rest for eight years and then living separate fates in the last four months of maturation: one in Muscatel barrels and one (the one that is the subject of this article) in Spanish red wine barrels, both First Fill.
So we continue to “play” with the ageing in wine, with an interesting parallel experiment on two identical barrels (although we know they never really are), to see how the last four months impact on the final result.
I renew my thanks to Viktorija for the sample.
A beautiful rosé in the glass, something you don’t often see.
As well as the colour, the wine also had a clear influence on the nose, which at first glance is very vinous and astringent, but after just a little time it settles on a more accommodating palette of red fruits (wild strawberries, raspberries), vanilla, lemon tart and almonds. Slight hint of wood on the length. A fresh, acidulous, clean profile.
The palate is more balanced, with a hint of ginger on a creamier, fruitier texture, expanding the spectrum to peach and orange, also candied, honey, caramelised sugar, dark chocolate chips, lemon peel, almonds. Generous.
The finish is quite long, dry, of red fruits, almonds, chocolate, slightly spicy.
A whisky that starts off a little uncertain but then becomes lovingly with every sip. It perhaps suffers from a few youthful flaws, but is very drinkable and fresh, probably thanks to those few months in wine that have given it that spark of personality that makes it interesting.