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CASK No. 96.16

Spicy & sweet

The merchant of Alsace

Age 11 Years
Date Distilled 2nd June 2006
Cask Type Second Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel
Region Speyside
Outturn 1 of 198 bottles
ABV 55.2%


This distillery is more commonly known for sherry maturation these days so the panel was both eagre and curious to try this example from refill maturation. We found a vibrant nose full of mille-feuille, vanilla foam, sliced pineapple, black cherries in brandy, fresh pastries and an eventual slide towards mineralic, gravelly qualities. Water brought notes of rosehips, Turkish delight, marjoram, lime curd and pink lemonade. The palate revealed notes like crushed Ivy, American jelly beans, lavender icing, lychee, young Gewurztraminer and turmeric. Water softens everything and opens up herbal ice cream, tamarind, green oak, toasted mustard seeds and ripe apricot.

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