I gotta admit, I’ve had hit and miss experiences with wine finishes but generally like most Edradour whiskies so was very curious to see what they did with a Bordeaux finish.
Edradour 17 year (1999) Bordeaux Cask Finish 55.2%
- Nose – Started with a peculiar rubber, plastic… then citrus, sour, tannins, ripe dark plum, a sharpness, spice at the back, grapes. After the 1st sip, big nose, bursting with fruits, oats, wet hay, porridge, brown sugar and raisins, stewed apple peels
- Palate – Dry wood, lots of flavour, prunes and plums, dark cherries, solid body, touch of leather
- Finish – Stays, a subtle spice that holds… extremely long with a fruity tale
- Water – Explosion of sweet, much more round, white peach… fabulous
The danger of storing things in hot humid Mumbai is it isn’t kind on plastic or rubber. We speculated if a bit of the initial queer aromas on opening was linked to a terrible storage mishap.
But after some time, we got past the that to – Wow! Power packed. After time, the nose settled down yet also took on a musty quality, the flavours remained big and bold.
So we set it aside to continue our explorations of the other minis. We returned and found again that slightly peculiar plastic then got past it to again wow! Compelling… it was like a completely different whisky…
- Nose – A potpourri of aromas, rose petals, perfumes, soaped, changed again to plastic then back to fruits and berries
- Palate – Lemon pie, eve a sweet and tart key lime pie… nope… maybe kumkuat? Mangosteens? Custard apple? Starfruit? Jackfruit?! You get it – a kaleidoscope of fruits!
- Finish – Spice, sweet and just yum!
So what do the folks over at Master of Malts have to say?
The Edradour distillery is well known for finishing their Highland single malts in wine casks – and they get wonderfully specific with it sometimes. For example, this is a 17 year old expression, distilled in October 1999 and finished in a trio of Bordeaux hogsheads for 46 months before being bottled at cask strength in May 2017! A release of 911 bottles.
Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt
- Nose: Rich notes of stewed red berries and dark chocolate, with underlying menthol and parsley.
- Palate: Oak-y spiciness begins to take shape on the palate with plenty of cinnamon, pink pepeprcorn and fresh cedar. Remains deliciously jammy with raspberries and cranberries.
- Finish: Lasting sweetness of red liquorice.
As for what it would set you back? Approx $180.
So what did we try in our minis evening?
- Edradour Fairy Flag 15 year 46%
- BenRiach 12 year 43%
- Glenrothes (1992/2016) Cask 1 Lustau Sherry Finish 55.3%
- BenRiach 22 year Moscatel 46% (SMSW)
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