Ahhh…young love. Sixteen year old bourbon-casked whisky meets sixteen year old sherry-casked whisky. The two go for a quick roll in a port-infused cask and what we end up with is a sweet, sweet thing.
Surprisingly, something in this one rings incredibly close to exotic depths of fruit. Not something I’d expect in a dram this young, but I am certainly not complaining.
Nose: Playdough. Chewy sugar cookies. Deep grape notes. Orange peelings. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Dust. Like a glass of fruit juice. Mulled cider and maybe a little Amaretto. At once clean and…not. In a good way.
Palate: Black current. A hint of smoke. Big purple grape. Five Alive (for the spectacularly rich fruit mix). Some mouth-puckering tannins.
Smooth…until the slightly bitter finsh. Slightly contrived, but exceptionally enticing and enjoyable. Love this one.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Curt