This is the 3rd 'Wiesky' to review. Before i did 'smoke on the water' and american oak.
I had high expectations for this one. Light, clear spirit, matured for a short time on ex sherry casks. But is it as good as i hoped it would be? well...no unfortunately not.
The nose is very light. It's hard to get something out of it. There is that rather young cereal note again, like in the previous american oak expression. When directly compared h2h you can tell it's sherry wood. there are mild, light red fruits. It seems to be neither oloroso, nor it seems to be px. It's not very sweet but also not very dry. Fino or manzanilla maybe? The nose gives just to little. Big bummer for me unfortunately
Watery, no decent body and just to light again. I guess the 40% is just to low or the maturation time in the cask was just to short, i don't know what it is but somehow the sherry casks didn't get the chance to really connect with the spirit and integrate.
Actually this is by far the best part of this expression! There is quite a big development going on in this part. It starts a little dry and woody, and right after that there is an explosion of light spices coming through. And again after that it leaves you with a very smooth, creamy mouthfeel, with again red fruits coming in after a short while which. This finish keeps developing and is quite amazing.
To sum it all up: This whisky lacks nose and taste unfortunately. it's to light in my opinion. Is it the 40%, the short maturation or maybe the quadruple distillation? I don't know but somehow it just doesn't convince in these parts. The casks just didn't seem to be given a fair enough chance to leave a serious footprint, resulting in a nice, full bodied, complex whisky experience. On the other hand, the finish is simply amazing. When nose and taste could become more complex, this would be a straight winner!