An Interesting malt. Obvious notes of a sherry finish - cherries and chocolate and strawberries - all of a very young sherry aging. Alone, those notes wouldn't make it to the B category - The spiciness and the herbal notes combined with the sherry gave this a unique quality that I liked. Difficult to say that this is anything other than an oddity but a well done oddity nonetheless.
N: Elusive at first, but then orange peel emerges. P: Powerful citrus flavors followed by a floral potpourri (yes, I used to eat flowers, until mommy punished me). F: Pow! The floral notes continue, really enjoyable.
I was a big fan of the Amrut Cask Strength we tried a few years ago (which we got from the UK), glad to see it get distribution in the US. I don't really get sherry in this like the others as much as I just get Amrut. Its got its own distinct profile which I think dominates.
Bright and strong, Sherry influence is subtle. Metallic note, long on cinnamon and graham crackers. Nice vanilla nougat. Runs hot, but it is a good kind of hot. Really nice and flavorful - solid good whiskey can't wait to try more from this distillery. [batch no. 4, March 2011]