I enjoy a serving a rum occasionally when I need to switch things up and wanted to see how the cask finish would affect a scotch.
Paid: $70 for 750ml
Distilled / Owned by: Balvenie / William Grant & Sons
Mashbill: 100% malted barley
Aged For: 14 years
Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, finished in Rum casks
Chill Filtered: Yes
Color Added: Yes
Drank: Neat, in a glencairn
Color: Gold with orange hues
Nose: Tropical fruits and faint sugarcane from the rum cask is apparent to me. Vanilla and coconut are the dominant scents that I detect.
Taste: Exceptionally smooth, usually I like a bit more bite to my whisky but I enjoy this. Vanilla crème, toffee, coconut and maybe a hint of lime?
Finish: The rum shows up in the finish with complements of oak, banana, and a slight warmth.
Overall: Gentle. Smooth. This is a tropical scotch good that’s easy to drink and enjoy with a group of friends that aren’t whisky nerds. The only thing I disliked were the banana notes in the finish.