Ideally I’d have had a ‘straight’ expression of Midleton’s single pot still alongside, in order to assess by comparison the ‘chestnut’ element.
N: Refreshingly unusual single pot still whiskey style, the chestnut finish attractive certainly. Not sure what the ratio is however, over the bourbon & sherry casks. The cask blend makes for a desirable nutty sweet whiskey with a definable stylistic character. With a liberal nutty, oily-dry varnished coat, descriptors include linseed treated cricket bats, suede leather, tamari>tamarind paste, sweet-nutty putty and pecan maple pastry amongst others.
T: The chestnut is even more pronounced on the palate, but it’s along with the base combination of bourbon & sherry casks that makes the profile as a whole so characterful. Vanilla-nutty butters & biscuits [macadamia, pumpkin seeds, savoury-halva], ginger bread, Hobnobs,... Some [rose] floral alongside wild strawberries bloom in the latter stages. Later on there’s a development of a particular sour note that fans of Amazannaise will know well - the related notes here being wine vinegar, lemon juice & guar gum - though not sure I’ve ever tasted guar gum in isolation however. Water acts to release another layer of consolidated=complex fruity/woody wonders.
F: Again, the bourbon/sherry/chestnut combo is working a treat to bring a refreshingly alternative dessert-style digestif. Leads on to tasty herbal-fruit wood spices with a varnished-barley coat conclusion.
C: A distinctive flavour that I thought I’d tire of very quickly. Turns out it’s planted in me the occasional craving. An ideal dram pour when you’re undecided what to have late at night and don’t want to work too hard for good returns. Next mission, a chestnut flight - Irish & Scottish side by side perhaps?
Scores a B-