A nice balance of that sweet fruit and savoury.
Hearts & Crafts Sauternes Cask
No age statement
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Initially a veritable red fruit salad, raspberries, strawberries, red apples and a tang of redcurrants too. Underneath there is a layer of spice, cloves, crystallised ginger and toasted chilli flakes.
Palate: Waves of flavour come through, starting with the fruit sweetness before the spices and oak start to take over. There’s chilli heat towards the end, then a spoonful of honey.
Finish: Chilli spice and honey all the way. A little cashew nut too.
Comment: A nice balance of that sweet fruit and savoury.
Nose: Led by cloudy apple and raspberry juice, lime zest and white grape. Next comes white chocolate, toffee popcorn and strawberry laces. There’s allspice and ginger, with some melon sweetness.
Palate: Instantly fruity, almost wine-like. Dehydrated apples and candied ginger, honeycomb and fondant. Subtle tannin adds structure. Later on comes some lingering nuttiness — peanuts and some cashews.
Finish: Sweet and full. Fades to red apple skin.
Comment: Very well put together, this one.
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