Very strong aromas can be felt in the nosing. The fruits are sweet and ripe, there is Black Forest cake with a strong note of vanilla, which should come from the fresh barrels. The wine is most likely present in the form of a sweet red wine cream. This whisky is in fact a cuvée of different aromas that are well combined and evoke a sweet cream cake with juicy fruits.
In the mouth, the alcohol is a bit too strong, which is not a drawback at a cask strength, but an opportunity for experimentation. It doesn't need a lot of water, then it becomes milder and more aromatic. Now the sweetness from the nosing unfolds. This is a delicious dessert whisky – or rather, a whisky for teatime at the plush and aged-wood Highland Hotel, where sweet cakes with cream, cherries, strawberries and mango are served with Earl Gray tea.
Even in the aftertaste, the whisky stays on the sweet side of power with vanilla flavors and subtle wood that doesn't contribute any bitterness or dryness, but rather creates a nutty foundation for the sweet flavors.
This is a rich, tasty whisky. In the very background there is a sulfur note that could come from the wine barrels. Wine barrels seem to be problematic. But here it can only be felt very slightly and quickly disappears again. What remains is a drinkable, strong whisky that evokes associations with a dark fruity cream cake whose fruits were marinated in alcohol. That is delicious! And for just over €60 in early 2022, it's also a reasonable price for good quality.