At Whisky Live Singapore 2017, the Sansibar booth was manned by a local bartender who was so passionate about what the folks at Sansibar are doing, it was positively infectious.
Now, as it was at Whisky Live, it means my impressions were fleeting… however enough to cement an opinion that Sansibar is worth continuing to keep an eye on!
Glentauchers 8 year 48.2%
- Nose – Soft, sweet, lightly elegant
- Palate – Not just sweetness and light, a bit bitter, toffee, butterscotch raisin
- Finish – Bitter nuts
Overall this is a light desert in a bottle.
- Nose – Very fruity, aaaah… yum!
- Palate – Smooth, sweet, soft fruits, light spice
- Finish – Here is where the spice peeps out even more
My initial thought was this is a summer dram – sun soaked fruits – with a name that perfectly personifies its name “spicily sweet”! It was so enjoyable that I thought folks back in Mumbai might enjoy it too. And sure enough, “Sunset” closed an evening exploring independent blends…
- Nose – Bacon, wood fire, fruit behind the smoke like pineapple and other tropical fruits
- Palate – Holy toledo peat! Turbo charged peat yet not in the least harsh, more fruits
- Finish – Captive ash. No messing with it peat. Bit of a pepper chaser
I thought of the Sansibar Islay Malt 8 year cask strength which brought an elegance to peat. By contrast the “Signal Fire” was unabashed peat.
Quite interesting to try this trio and I planned to return to continue sampling… however all the other whiskies I had hoped to try were polished off. Clearly others found the offerings also appealing.
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