1.278 Fruitberg! Dead ahead!

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Cask 1.278 has landed and this is big enough to also sink the Titanic. We see a fair few 1s through the SMWS, but this rather unique single cask is extra-matured in a 1st-fill ex-Cosecha wine barrique. This is basically the Rolls Royce of wine casks that have previously matured a Tempranillo grape Rioja wine from the higher-quality Reserva vintages from Spanish wineries. The best casks produce the best whiskies, and this is a textbook example of that with the quality oozing from the end result. Take a look at what our Branch Director Matt Bailey has to say about this on our YouTube channel.

The neat nose suggested fruity washing powders, fruit jelly sweets, pineapple cubes, fresh linens, turmeric, lime cordial and spearmint – a lovely, playful and unusual profile. Water brought blueberry muffin, balsamic reduction, yellow plums, cream soda and banana fudge, with a beautiful sense of thickness and depth. The palate was jammy up front, with plum sauce, lemon curd and liquorice, plus some herbal ointments, dried flowers, orange muscat wine and cherry jam. Reduction brought notes of damson jelly, autumnal fruit crumbles, limoncello in tonic water, lamp oil and butterscotch. Matured for five years in a bourbon hogshead before being transferred to a first fill cosecha wine barrique.

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