The Singleton of Glen Ord 12yo Sherry Cask (40% ABV, 12yo, Highlands, Scotland)
The story: The triple cask maturation process begins with maturing whisky respectively in a fusion of European oak Sherry casks and American oak Bourbon casks.
The Bourbon cask brings vanilla, caramel and woody notes and the Sherry cask adds fruity, bitter characters. After 12 years, these two whiskies are then brought together and married by Malt Master, Maureen Robinson.
The Master of Malts Maureen Robinson drew upon her 40-years of experience to revisit a selection of ageing whiskies from the distillery to further mature this whisky in Sherry casks to enhance the signature rich fruity tasting notes with transcendental depth of taste and complexity that makes for a deep in nose flavours of plum and caramel, rich palate of dark berries, cherries and blackcurrants, and a dark chocolate finish.
Colour: Deep copper/amber with hints of red.
Nose: Candied brazil nuts, cherries, with hints of cloves and a slight berry-laden wood spice.
Palate: Initially light, but quickly settling into rich berry notes (raspberries, cranberries) then a dustry dry-rub spice. Cherries, fresh raspberries, caramel and hints of oak are rounded out with a subtle underlying smoke.
Finish: Longer than you might expect, with hints of oak spice and potpourri and dried raspberries.