Eye / nose Maroon. Long, oily stained glass windows form on Glencairn. Then the nose. Beautifully fruity, fruit sweet at the same time, the alcohol keeps back pleasantly. Wild berries, sweet cherries, grape juice, candied fruit. In addition, pleasant vinous notes. Fits nicely together, I like it.
palate Slight bite on the tongue indicates the strong alcohol content. Nice, because it becomes immediately clear what the gentle connoisseur has in the glass, namely a purebred malt. The fruity flavors of the wine are tastefully clean. Spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and laurel and a little green pepper are the main ingredients of the aromas. Unlike some other single casks, nothing seems to be set up here or like a 'cooked-in essence', as the specially designed Kavalan sherry soloist is often liked to counter.
Finish / Conclusion Beautiful, intense combination of fruity sweetness and elegant oak in medium-length finish. A consequence of the climate-related unusually fast ripening process? All in all, one of the most balanced, 'vainest' soloists I have ever had in the glass. Towards the end then a classic dryness, as you can find more often with high-quality wines. Not every one of the Vinho Barrique bottlings tasted so far seemed like a recommendation to me. Here it is different.
Very successful Malt!