We found ourselves transported into the Victorian era in the so-called smoking room. Ubiquitous in many mansions; dark, oak wood panels with Flemish still life paintings - if these walls could talk! On the palate, silky and surprisingly fruity with a hint of smoke - like pouring a cup of blood orange Pu-erh tea out of a Russian silver samovar. A tiny drop of water and the aroma was extremely attractive, self-assured as the taste had a satisfying oily sweetness like a ‘vino tinto dulce tradicional’ using the grape Tintilla de Rota from the Cadiz region. After 21 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead, we transferred this whisky into a STR oloroso seasoned first fill barrique.
Cask: First-fill Oloroso-seasoned barrique, Shaved/toasted/re-charred Age: 23 years Date distilled: October 1997 Alcohol: 48.7% USA allocation: 72 bottles