A Speyside Scotch, aged 16 years and matured in old Chenin Blanc white wine barrels. This amber/copper Scotch is rich with flavor, a solid malt core backed up with lots of fruit. A big fruit salad in this one, with apples, bananas, and some cinnamon/clove spices to top it all off.
Though just 80 proof, try it with a splash of water to bring out more of the malt.
This is a quite sweet malt, but not cloying. I keep going back to it again and again… it’s really quite a delight to drink, with a moderate finish that brings out a touch of its peaty character.
As for the Chenin Blanc, well, I am not getting much wine character from this whisky — but Chenin Blanc is so delicate a wine I really wouldn’t expect to. Makes me curious about why it was chosen to begin with… but as an experiment in whiskymaking, it’s a big success all around.
(Note: Tasted the 700ml European bottling. Not widely available in U.S.)