Next up, two Living Cask bottles from the Cadenhead’s shop in Campbeltown. Once again, I get to the last dram before making notes. In summary:
N: First off, I get fatty soft savoury-sweet ‘bourbonised’ notes with a peat mix that speaks of a fine mixture of vegetal, farm and smoke. Under that, there’s a vinegary rubber note that directly speaks of sherry casks. Particular descriptors talk of soft [synthetic] < leathery caramel, old down-filled pillows and wet leaves on a recently tarmac-ed road.
T: Plenty of sulphury sherry casks in the mix, but an underlying bourbon cask sweetness also rings true. The broad rubbery bitter-sweet arrival soon turns towards a delivery of bitter cinnamon and acute pepperiness to the front and sides of the palate. Adding water brings mixed blessings, so experiment.
F: After the peppery heat, rubbery cocoa, caramel and > honeyed < malt conclude.
C: No need to over-analyse these living casks, or indeed Cadenhead’s caged bottlings. Generally, simply decent affordable drinking whisky ‘made by people for people’.