Deep gold / amber.
A rich, full, sweet and complex whisky with aroma’s of musty basement, stout, creamy oak, yeast, porridge, old books, gingersnaps, citrus peels, subtle hint of aniseed, some minty tones, brown sugar, cashew, crème brûlée, fresh barley, caramel, toasted oak, cereals, toasted musli, plums, red fruits, cinnamon, hint of Latakia tobacco, currents, rice tart (“rijstevlaai” from Limburg, the Netherlands), soft sour tone of lime juice, creamy smoke and marmalade.
A powerful, rich, full and complex whisky with aroma’s of dried fruits (mainly plums and figs) salted caramel, forest honey, toffee, brown sugar, coffee, dried cherries, milk chocolate, pepper, toasted almonds, soft bitter tannins, charcoal, soft cinnamon, toasted oak, burned oak, soft bitter tannins, backed banana, sweet tobacco, fresh ginger, candied ginger, there is the crème brûlée again and bitter orange marmalade.
A long, rich and mouth watering finish with aroma’s of orange zest, marmalade, oak fire, tasted oak, soft tannins, mocha, rich forest honey, soft cocoa and dried fruits. It dies with a lush caramel and vanilla after taste.
Yeah I know, yet another NAS whisky on the market, alas. But in my humble opinion this is a NAS whisky done right. It doesn’t feel to young or styled after the latest flavor fashion. It has a robust and engaging palette of flavors that keep on changing and surprising. On the nose this is very enchanting and can keep me busy (and very happy) for quite some time.
The price tag is hefty for this NAS (but that also seems to be the fashion these day’s). The price to quality ratio is better balanced than most new NAS expressions.