It starts very well with a great nose. Once again, lots of things to pick out, winter and summer notes at the same time, I guess you can nose this all year long! On the palate, the wood from the port quarter cask is a bit too present, as you may expect for a quarter cask, giving lots of wood contact. I can’t measure the influence of the port QC on the naked Balmenach as I never had any other Balmenach yet. But in the end, especially if you’re into wood, a well enjoyable dram.
Warm spices, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, smells like Christmas. Cheese cake with redcurrant coulis. Red and dark cherry tart. Without the stones. Lime zest. There are still some faint malty notes on the background. Tobacco leaves, After Eight chocolates and aniseed.
Immediately drying and woody arrival. There’s a slight bitterness, maybe from the port cask wood itself. Strong dark fruitiness, burnt brown sugar, cold charcoal, black liquorice sweets (the Haribo rolls ones). Prickly with spices too, pepper, crystallized ginger slices from your sushi order. The wood is quite present.
Drying, with raisins and wood.