15 Years Old Finished in French Red Wine Casks

ABV 43%
REVIEWED Issue 169
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Brand: John Dewar & Sons
Expression: 15 Years Old Finished in French Red Wine Casks
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 15 years old
ABV: 43%
Country/Region: Scotland / Highland
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Becky Paskin
Nose: Very oak driven with dominating aromas of warm sandalwood, vanilla and cheap, crumbly milk chocolate, but there’s also blackcurrant fruit pastilles, toasted hazelnuts and nutmeg.
Palate: Juicy dried fruit like fat sultanas, with caramelised apples and blackcurrant jam. A dry, tingly oak spice develops into the fizzing sherbet centre of flying saucers as the fruit intensifies alongside plain chocolate.
Finish: A touch dry but fruity and tingly.
Comment: Rich, round and satisfying whisky. One for the evenings.
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: Honey and ginger biscuits. Lots of fruit, tins of tropical fruit segments, peaches in syrup. A little blood orange coated in chocolate too. Some skin tannins here.
Palate: The fruit keeps on coming. Paper bags of apples and ripe pears. A tropical fruit cocktail, heavy on the glacé cherries.
Finish: Lush and long with all that fruit sweetness filling the senses. It lingers a little as well.
Comment: Some wonderful big layers of fruit in there, but balanced with that tannin note.
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