Deep caramel color, and a swirl forms legs that stick like a beaded necklace to the glass, then sluggishly make their way back down.
A palate of sweet honey and vanilla tones is balanced with orange and spice, hinting at the relatively high rye content. A few minutes in the glass lets the nose open up nicely. A distinct woodiness sits in the background.
Quite tannic and fairly peppery, with a heavily woody flavor profile. A hint of maple is noticeable, but more than anything, what stands out is the dry, tongue-coating mouthfeel.
Oak predominates on a long, but drying, nearly hot finish. Some vanilla also peeks through.
BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Though the spicy, fruity character imparted by a higher rye content is noticeable here, more than tasting rye, you can taste all eight years this bourbon spent in the barrel.
A limited-edition small-batch single malt from Aberfeldy's Exceptional Cask Series, this 20-year-old whisky offers notes of sweet heather honey, red berries, soft toffee and malty biscuits on the palate.
Nose: A wonderful, intense, ‘dancing’ nose, with lots of different, intertwined aromas – powerful, oily peat, dark chocolate, smoked fish, hints of seaweed, and a curious, sharp herbal note. Waves of spicy black pepper.
Palate: A peppery mouthfeel is followed by a crescendo of rich flavours. Treacle toffee, Turkish coffee, smoky bacon and lots of dark, dark chocolate. A curious burst of peachy, estery fruit, hickory wood, clove oil and a suggestion of black olives.
Finish: Seemingly lasting forever, with deep, deep, almost subterranean flavours of clove, tar, and rich toffee.