Cask No. 13.107
A FIASCO OF WINE WITH SANDY COOKIES
PROFILE Spicy & Dry REGION Highland AGE 10 years ABV 59.2% CASK TYPE 1st fill ex-wine barrique
We drank a glass of chianti out of typical fiasco wicker wrapped glass bottle, bursting with resplendent black, blue and red fruits yet also fine-grained tannins and spice. On the palate we found hazelnut brittle, golden raisins and candied grapefruit peel, plus padron peppers in the finish.
After reduction, a slice of marzipan cake with pears poached in red wine was followed by miso caramel ice cream. To taste there were praline flapjacks and sablé-style shortbread. After five years in a bourbon barrel, we transferred this whisky into a first fill barrique from a privately owned small bodega, now in its ninth generation, that focuses exclusively on the Pedro Ximénez grape.
Cask No. 121.105
PROFILE Deep, Rich & Dried Fruits REGION Highland AGE 8 years ABV 61.9% CASK TYPE 1st fill ex-sherry butt
Basking in a warm breeze from Iberia, we nosed pastel de nata with cinnamon, packets of raisins and slices of caña de lomo served with fig jam. The palate contained lovely dusky sweetness – cocoa powder and dark chocolate, dandelion and burdock (or artisan cola), and yeast extract and chilli jam smeared on rye crackers.
Adding water, our noses found dried apricots, pork sausage with fennel seeds and a central thrust of chocolate and orange (chocolate chews, marmalade, chocolate orange). The palate retained its mouth-coating texture and now suggested flavours of apple wine, caraway seed and balsamic glaze drizzled over ripe figs.