Cu Bocan 46% vol.
Cu Bocan is a lightly peated whisky from the Tomatin distillery, matured in three types of casks: virgin oak, ex-bourbon and ex-Sherry. Peated to 15ppm.
I am a fan of peated whisky, but will I like this one?
Nose: ok, it's mild, fresh and quite nice, you have to look for smoke somewhere on the back, it starts with honey and citrus, orange and grapefruit are on the foreground, some Sherry's accents, lots of spices, cloves, allspice, anise, a note of campfire and the taste of the earth
Taste: here peat and smoke is much more intense, but writing a more intense, I mean simply palpable, it is still very mellow and subdued, we are still accompanied by citruses and spices, besides cloves we have also ginger, the initial sweet maltiness changes towards the spiciness, there is pepper, sweet chili, a bit of oak, we also have honey accents, vanilla and nuts
Finish: satisfactory, warming up, quite spicy with fleeting smoke
Cu Bocan is a decent whisky in which we can really taste the influence of these three types of casks in which it matured, the smoke is present but only somewhere nearby, so it certainly does not rejects. However, it lacks more depth, something that distinguishes it from other whiskies, orange and grapefruit accents are nice, but it's not enough, it could be a little more smoky. For me, this is a whisky called as a "daily dram", for every day drinking, not for intense thinking about the structure. As a NAS whisky it seems to be more than satisfactory.