Initially aged in bourbon casks, this bottling has been finished for 6 months in tawny port casks from the family-run winery, Quinto de Filoco. As a batch of 18000 bottles, that’s a serious commitment to a finish.
Tasting note by Charles MacLean: ‘Copper / rose wine appearance, with notes of faint raspberry jam and rose wine, pot-pourri and pale fruits on the nose. Light in texture, sweet & faintly fruity, before drying slightly, leaving a trace of almonds in the finish. A light aroma & taste, very easy to drink. A quaffing malt‘
N: Charles’s notes are, typically, resplendent. Without repeating or stepping on his shoes – though in total agreement – we’ve a pleasing light-fruity-jammy and floral potpourri nose with a dry hessian and coppery note. This is young chatty whisky, much like the Trutina to come.
T: Fruity floral coppery and lightly malty, the tawny influence takes over the baton where the underlying spirit may well have already run its course.
F: Pleasingly, it doesn’t come across as overly engineered. Remaining fruity and coppery [with a chocolate-y liqueur-like touch], it’s slightly more malty savoury > bitter by the tail.
C: The ‘Hebes’ of whisky, on the nose at least, this works well enough overall. With 18000 bottles, and currently at around €30, it’s a whisky that’s going to be available to try and enjoyed.