Again from the Blind Sessions of the Quarantine: in the number of samples in the package, we found a beautifully dark one… We discovered in the end it was a single ex-sherry hogshead first fill by Arran Distillery, bottled by Whisky Broker – a company that, in fact, acts as a broker of barrels and occasionally bottles them, typically at ridiculously low prices. The color is dark amber. Here the tasting notes, written while we were still unaware of what was in the glass.
N: well, what a nice impact! Big chocolate, pretty rich and fraught, very dark. Boeri. A bit closed, vinous and sharp. A deep sherried nose, which at times tends to brewed tea. Very intense black pepper, freshly ground. Then a very dense fruity side opens up: burnt raisins, plum jam, black figs and lots of cola. Even panettone. With water it becomes more lively and sweet: bread, butter and blackberry jam.
P: very good, intense, clearly cask strength. More plums, dark chocolate and cherry again, but here the protagonist is licorice, pure and powerful. Less fruity than the nose, but still very juicy. Clotted jam, cooked grape must. Also nice fat and black. Not particularly sweet, it shows that tannic / woody part that often characterizes the aging in Oloroso: nocino? Someone also notices a hint of sulfur, like meat sauce. With a few drops of water it becomes much more agile in the evolution of flavors. More pepper and even a little bit of chinotto emerge.
F: very long, coating and intense, again licorice. Less sweet.
554/5000A dark sherrone, initially a little closed, which plays on the nose between chocolate and black fruit and which combines intensity and a great body: it requires a good water game, try it and you will not be disappointed. The influence of the cask is dominant, very difficult to capture the DNA of the distillery. What is much easier to grasp is the quality of a complex and succulent bottling as it is not very easy to find, especially so young: 88/100. We told you that WB has decidedly fair prices: this single cask came out at less than £ 50
A dark sherry monster, initially a bit closed, that on the nose plays between chocolate and black fruit, combining intensity and a great body: it requires a splash of water, try it and you won’t be disappointed. The influence of the cask is dominant, very difficult to capture the DNA of the distillery. What is much easier to grasp is the quality of a complex and succulent bottling as it is not very easy to find, especially so young: 88/100. We told you that WB has decidedly fair prices: this single cask came out at less than £50.
Recommended soundtrack: SAINt JHN – Roses (Imanbek remix).