While I suspect fans of big butterscotch would find a lot to love with this one, I have a bit of an aversion to drams that come off as quite so sweet. After trying a few Rivesaltes wine cask finishes lately, I have generally concluded they are not my jam. They amplify the sugary sweetness inherent in the malt in a manner that does not appeal to my taste.
Toffee, spice, and mellow herbal notes. A bit waxy with cracked pepper, tarragon, ginger, and roasty notes of chocolate barley and dark beer. Butterscotch, caramel, and toffee pudding drifted toward boba milk tea— maybe a strawberry Oolong.
Full-bodied and thick with an oily viscous mouthfeel. Notes of sweet nougat, fruit, and chocolate malt. Tingling rich caramelized sugar with waves of butterscotch, brown sugar, and nougat. The saccharine profile brought to mind a grab bag of Halloween candies: candy corn, malted milk balls, Twix, Milky Way. There were hints of dried fruit, especially at the end, with cherry chocolate cordials, strawberries in dark chocolate, and chocolate malt truffles. A few drops of water brought the fruits forward and added citrus and ginger tea notes.
Lingering sweet caramel chocolate candies.