Speyside region – 50% ABV – from a single Oloroso Sherry Butt, 150 bottles for the US. Not sure who got the rest of the bottles from this butt… Maybe a UK/EU Bottling at 700ml?
This whisky reminds me of the theme song to Spielberg’s old cartoon (that I LOVED as a kid/teenager), Tiny Toons.
Here we have single cask of whisky matured in an Oloroso Sherry butt. What would we usually expect from sherry wood?: Notes of dried fruits, leather, chocolate, brown spices, cherry stones, cola syrup, etc… Deep and dark, sometimes cloyingly sweet flavors.
But this cask is breaking all of the rules!
“So here’s Acme Acres,
It’s a whole wide world apart,
Our home sweet home,
It stands alone,
A cartoon work of art!
The scripts were rejected,
Expect the unexpected
On tiny toon adventures
It’s about to start!”
On the nose – A wonderfully peppery nose that has hints of coastal grasses, medicinal throat lozenges, model glue and diaper cream.
A hint of peat perhaps – not smoky at all but an interesting waft of peat and vegetality.
Onion crisps (Funyuns™) malt grist and vinegar. A touch of honey and citrus comes to the fore.
Not an every day sort of nose for me but I am really digging the components. Well put together so far and above all, interesting. Let us carry on, wayward son!
On the mouth – Much more restrained and fruity than expected.
That coastal element comes out again (again with the grasses and now salty beach stones) and reminds me a bit of what I love about the Laddie Ten.
Loads of white pepper and a gooseberry sourness to boot. More onion crisps and a hint of adobo spice.
Very malty, this one. Like a malt beverage cut with 2% white cranberry juice.
Mouth feel is like flat soda.
Finish – The flavors dissipate pretty quickly but some zing remains on the tongue.
In sum – A very interesting whisky that would likely do well in a tasting of many different whiskies. Not my favorite Speyside bottling but the nose get extra points for uniqueness.
It’s whiskies like this that get me excited when looking to explore deeper within a distillery to see what it can offer. This helps to show why single casks are so unique and sometimes quite special. Or, in this case, odd and a ton of fun.
Special thanks to the folks at ISW for the official sample!