HWF VBT # 11 Sample 1
First time tasting in the afternoon with a (mini) festival Glencairn glass
N: Sherry, cherries, wood, slightly sour - cranberries, raspberries, pepper, pineapple and a little too young / spirity still (unfortunately).
T: Start sharp, cranberries, then 'warming spices', star anise, pepper again and dried orange. I get more and more herbs with nutmeg and even more pepper.
F: Dry, chocolate, mocha and later more fruit. Fruit like raspberry and cherries in the nose.
First conclusion: sharp, slightly young, sort of 'sherry bomb' bottling as we know it. Single malt; yes, I think so, but this whisky is not yet completely in balance. Scottish: yes, I think so. Reminds me of young sherry cask bottlings from Glenrothes, Glentauchers and Tobermory.
ABV I estimate at 46-48%
Tasting second time in the evening. This time I use a 1920s Blender's Glass from Specialty Drinks.
N: It tastes less sharp from this glass! Forest fruits, cassis, cherry and chocolate.
T: Food, forest fruits - blueberries and again the 'warming spices' but still less intense / sharp from this glass / at the moment.
F: Medium drying, later a little more floral and again the chocolate and cherry through it.
Conclusion: Glencairn glass has less balance but more tastes. Score 82/100
Blender's Glass: less spirity but more 1-dimensional. Score 84/100