Well sceptic as I am with these strange international whisky’s, I was also curious. Certainly after an online tasting in which several experiences were shared about this whisky. So I decided to try 2 6cl samples of this ‘left-field’ and the recommended ‘tawny’ with that to compare the two extremes of their range. I normally don’t dig whisky that got a fast aging all in ex wine casks but hey: one can only be opinionated once tried so here it goes! First of: this Left-Field at 40%
This gives actually quite a pleasant arrival. It has a strong nose with quite some flavor. It’s sweet and savory. I get quite some French oak influence, red grapes and berries. Sweet spices like cinnamon, vanilla and and cocoa.
On the palate it feels rather dry, thin and it gives sweet & sour flavors. It feels a bit syrupy in some way but I have to admit this is not a palate to die for. It’s decent but also undermature and very cask dominated. It lacks depth and is rather one dimensional. Fair enough, for the price you pay it’s not that bad. But it seems like an easy score with an aggressive cask.
Finish is short. It gives oaky flavors and quite some vanilla and fudge. A short while there are some spices but this is rather volatile.
For the price you pay it isn’t that bad but I could empty out a full one. The whole feels a bit rushed on rather aggressive French oak casks. It doesn’t convince me.