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

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

Sip:
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.

Swallow:
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.

76/100

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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