Another day, another sample. I was hoping to score some points to more or less get back in the race again. I felt a bit shite after missing out on the first two days. Not that those would have given me much, but still.
Thick, burnt vanilla and white oak. First fill bourbon cask if there ever was one! Grass, caramel, creme brulee, cloves and a sirupy sweetness that all tie this together in a delicious whisky. Juicy fruit as well.
White pepper for spiciness. The alcohol is fairly strong. Freshly cut grass, appel, pear, and after that dry oak and it gets a bit more spicy. The sweet spices that often accompany a bourbon matured whisky pop up a bit later if you let it swim long enough.
The finish is crisp and freshly sweet. Nice and spicy as well. It goes gentle rather fast but then lingers on the vanilla and toasted oak. A thick palate and really at the end a hint of glue.
A good bourbon matured whisky if there ever was one. I really like this stuff! The difficult part is the bourbon cask is rather prominent and does hide a bit of the distillery profile. The thickness of the wood influence, along with the crisp fruity notes sent me in the direction of Balblair. I looked around on Whiskybase to see what their cask strength bottlings have been like recently and chose the ‘Bottle your own’ to go with.
It turned out to be a Scapa 19yo, bottled for the Chivas Brothers CS range. 61% abv, 1993-2012. 49 points for me for being real close to the age and ABV. Good stuff!