A toasted 1st fill hogshead is credited, though we are informed that this was fully matured in one refill hogshead. I bring up the confusion over instances where a brief finishing or re-racking cask gets the maturation credit. Charles doesn’t seem too bothered about it either way, only the result really counting. Fair do’s.
N: The initial few sniffs indicate we may finally be getting somewhere with this flight. A sweet & welcoming, not quite overly blatant, sherry cask brings forth all the mince pies - despite also being big on bourbon. Extras include dusty spices and perfumed spiced fruit.
T: Butterscotch, heathery herbal fudge, polish, ECOS varnish, linseed oil,… There’s a big bruising Balcones vibe here also.
F: This soon falls in line with familiar bourbon>fudge action and a hark to a rye mash bill [The Foz]. I also found it salty and herbal with dark wood/fence panels. We’ve a dusty, ashy and really rather bitter conclusion.
C: A cask-centric whacky whisky “that has lost it’s distillery character”, adds Charles. The balance is shot, though i like it in comparison to tonight’s modest offerings.
Scores a D