Nantou Omar, Sherry Cask, 46%

A few years ago I tried both the Omar Sherry Cask and the Bourbon Cask at a whisky festival and I remember being positively surprised by them.

So when this one popped up in a random webshop-browsing-session I decided to get a bottle for tasting and share the rest. It wasn’t overly popular since it rates below 80 on Whiskybase.

Below 80 on Whiskybase is a massive red flag and I should have checked before buying the bottle, obviously. But anyway, taste is as subjective as it gets, so there’s no harm in trying.

Image from Whiskybase

Rather fresh sherry, very sweet and ‘Christmas Cake’ like. Soft dried fruits, sponge cake, sherry trifle.

This is were the rather cloying sweetness kicks in. Fruit syrup, cheap sherry trifle, syrup soaked sponge cake. Some black pepper and oak shavings too, which do help.

The finish mellows quickly, with hints of tinned fruit salad, syrup, some oak. A whiff of black pepper.

The sherry feels a forced. Like they wanted a lot of it without the time necessary to do it proplery. A rushed product, maybe? It makes it too sweet and not well integrated nor balanced.

Strangely, it sometimes comes across as too sweet, and sometimes it’s rather dry. I don’t really get this…

In the end I even took it to a camping weekend and even randomly drinking this at a campfire couldn’t do anything to improve the booze.


This was from bottle code 2016.06.01 H02. Other batches might be a lot better.

After all, it’s the best choice for you!


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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