From Cadenhead’s ‘Wood Range’. What doesn’t fall under this range – gin?
N: A sweetish malty [butterscotch] & dried fruit-tannic pong alongside a large heap of husky & nutty [pecan] < wood-shavings indicates there’s been some vibrant cask action along the way, probably towards the end as a finish. Not particularly my style but like many naked/raw high-abv malts, this one needs some taming. It’s not long before sweeter cakes, confectionary and rich vanilla icecream join the party. The butterscotch covered in sawdust remains a constant niggle.
T: Crickey, that is some vibrant sherry cask activity! A finish or full virgin cask maturation is the question? [Subsequent research tells me there was a 23-month sherry hogshead finish]. The middle talks of malty-distillate putty, a few plastics, fruit-wax and plenty more wood shavings. Overall it’s rather astringent and struggles to blossom.
F: Takes oodles of water to coax out more of those confectionary subtleties from the palate [as well as more pecan and butterscotch action from the nose,…], but this one is adamant to remain rather warm and lively. One that’ll warm your cockles around the campfire on a brisk autumnal night, that’s for sure.
C: Very contemporary. One to shock a regular Dalmore drinker out of their habitual comfort zone. With thanks to tOMoH.