Sinclair Series, Rioja Cask Finish

ABV 46.3%
REVIEWED Issue 173
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Expression: Sinclair Series, Rioja Cask Finish
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 46.3%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islands (Non Islay)
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: A salt tang and cigar box smoke, distant peat – it’s not too full on. Quince jelly, clove spice and cranberry crackers.
Palate: Here the peat starts to make itself know a little more, open fires with peat briquets. Red grape juice and a hint of coconut. There’s chocolate here, almond and strawberry jam.
Finish: The smoke lingers on with the sweet cake edge gradually fading.
Comment: This is a really interesting mix of smoke and sweetness, layers wave over you one after another.
Taster   Christopher Coates
Nose: Charred salmon with sweet beets and a glass of red wine. Anise and liquorice stick, followed by smoked cheese and raspberry jelly with milk chocolate.
Palate: The raspberry is here, with smoked almonds and lemon boiled sweets. A touch of red bean paste and coconut ice.
Finish: Medium length, with roasted red apples.
Comment: Dinner at a sea-side restaurant. An enjoyable balance of smoky and fruity flavours that is out of the ordinary.
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