Amarone? Why Amarone at all? The label speaks of 'Fortified Wine', so (spread) Likörwein and leaves it, especially with this color, rather close to a sherry or Portweinlagerung than on a dry Italian red wine. The heavy AMARONE, the name itself is derived due to its typical flavor profile of the Italian word for 'bitter', is indeed expanded like a sweet wine and can have a similar high alcohol content such as a sherry, but reaches the revolutions just without the typical Aufspritten with brandy. The label is simply wrong. The background of this formal lapse is a mistake made by the distillery, which simply stated 'Fortified Wine' when it originally transmitted the data. Anyway, the taste does not affect this venial sin, of course, it's more of a bizarre edge anecdote for tasting evenings.
Eye / nose Maroon. Oily, with a slight sting in red, the amaron-malted malt flows almost essence into the tasting glass and spreads out there. Long, beautiful spider legs form on the Glencairn, large bubbles frame the breathing malt like a necklace. It unfolds after a short time an intense, smoky-sweet smell on the table. An ideal companion for wet cold autumn evenings, indicates the nose.
palate Glowing! I must inevitably think of Horst Lüning's almost legendary first Youtube video for Lagavulin 16, even though I do not have a cardboard box here whose praise I can praise. But the powerful glow in the mouth, in contrast to the sharp burning of some less successful malts, I can just perfectly sympathize. After the first sip, a fine melt is added. The mouthfeel becomes more charming and the malt with a little bit of saliva becomes noticeably creamier. At first I can not taste the bitterness attributed to the Amarone, quite close to a classic, berry-sweet sherry storage. The nice thing about it: our test person here is quite young, but not a bit closed. Not nailed down, but absolutely present. With the ubiquitous smoke influences and the spicy tobacco a great combination that invites for comparison. But with what? Of course, the question arises as to how the Amarone in comparison to the previous Valinches of the Cask Exploration series is to classify, because the barrel could also have just as well enthroned in the Laddie Shop. For my taste, the barrels 01 (Sauternes), 03 (Sherry HHD) and 06 (Grenache Blanc) are among the 17 Cask Explorarions to date. I consciously leave out the seòlaid. But also Bruthaich Dubh and Cuan-Àrd are very heavy calibers who knew how to defend their exposed position over time against new challengers. In direct comparison with these two heavyweights, the Amarone is just about to lose out. The Cuan-Ard outshines him a little with his sheer power, which inspires me again and again, and the Bruthaich Dubh shines once more with its very special, unusual smoky notes and the complexity mediated by it. Nevertheless, or perhaps because of that, a real pleasure to taste the three malts together. The gap to the Topmalts of the Cask Exploration series is very small, which in my opinion is a great compliment for the young Amarone.
Finish / Conclusion Drying ends the fruity-smoky pleasure. Chalk and lime, pleasantly delicate for a smoker. Naturally very long-lasting and just as well structured. Should he have matured even further, since 10 years of storage had already been paid anyway? I mean no. Some of the more recently offered Laddie and PC Valinches are only a few years older and have, in part, despite the generally good quality, oak influences, which I feel more annoying than enriching. At 8 years old, this one is largely flawless, even though its downside is perhaps a bit lacking in complexity. But that is criticism at a high level.