Our original tasting group was in for a surprise! A special theme of unusual finishes, first sampled completely whisky blind without bias…
Balvenie 14 year Caribbean Cask 43%
- Nose – Fruity, floral and distinctly ‘feni’-like, some citrus, distinctly ‘prickly’, syrup, salted cashews… as it settled down, started to reveal a nice oily aroma, a sweet and sour of khoya, strongly reminded us of a gulab jamun, toffee cream chocolate, spice… after the 1st sip, had a nice vanilla biscuit, retaining the gulab jamun chased by salted caramel, rum spiked honey water
- Palate – Initially greeted us with a spicy ginger, salt then gentle tobacco, something of substance and a bit astringent, yet still heavy oils, chewy, butter biscuit, a good balance… if you the breathed it in were rewarded with khatta meetha or sour sweet
- Finish – A bitter pepper spice that sparked a debate – lingering with orange peel and almond or short yet balanced? I was in the camp that found after the initial oomph… the shadow of the finish remained
- Water – After it initially sharpened the spice, it settled down to make this whisky more pleasant and mellow on the palate however didn’t reveal anything new
Overall we found the aromas quite volatile when freshly open, taking some time to settle down… and interesting.
There was loads of speculation… we didn’t think it was sherry cask but there was definitely something different going on. One member was clear it was rum, others not convinced.
And the reveal?
Well our rum speculator was spot on!
What did we try in our special “red” casks evening?
- Balvenie 14 year Caribbean Cask 43% – Whisky Ladies Tasting Notes
- Linkwood 16 year (1998) Côte Rôtie 45% (G&MP)
- Longrow Red 11 year Cabernet Franc 55.9%
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