This is a very interesting single cask bottling from Cadenhead’s .I mentioned in my review on the 25 year old Glengoyne how well some age does to this malt, and good age aside, this one was matured in a cask from Chateau Lafitte, a legendary old Bordeaux wine estate which should have an interesting effect on the malt. I’m not much of a wine expert (due to a long-standing bet I pretty much only drink local wine), but this stuff is supposed to be some very good stuff, so let’s see what it does to some very good whisky.
Aged 19 years. 55%ABV. Matured in a Château Lafitte Wine Cask. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from a single cask.
Nose: Peaches. Red fruits. Maple syrup. Wine tannins. Floral. Acetone. Grass. Waxy fruit peel. Fruit leather. Little bit of aromatic green herbs, menthol, peppermint.
Palate: Rich wood and a lovely, really intense honey coated fruit note at first. Then on to some more bitter wood notes and wine tannins. Cacao. Woodspice on the swallow.
Finish: Long. Dry wine tannins. Bitter fruits. Cacao. Honey. Lovely intense spicy note, cinnamon and cloves, goes on forever. Leaves the mouth incredibly dry.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
Wow! This one really blew me away. The wine cask worked so perfectly with the Glengoyne character here. It’s a really rich and full bodied dram packed with fruits and tannins and spices. Pretty cheap too.