It gives an extra dimension, smooths the edges of the spirit with an elegant touch

Published by Whisk Nick on 31-Mar-2017.

Style: Sweet and Complex

Nose:
Oloroso sherry trot gently over the surface. Then we have fragrant,  silky red fruits elegantly weaved their way into signature Paul John  nutty, vanilla core with an herbal overtone. Eye catching roasted  peanuts, white flowers fluttering on the ridge of deep mineral spice.  White pepper and timber scattering across the aroma, whereas the spice  is muscular but not aggressive. Exquisite nose.

Palate:
Chilli spice entrance. Big vanilla malt and beaming red berries swirling  around each other – strawberries, raspberries and cranberries drizzled  with treacle, muscavado sugar sprinkles blending into vanilla cream and  nut crumbles. Light brushes of herbal tone slowly emerges, almost grassy  at times. Warm, oily mouthfeel. Very enjoyable texture on the palate.  Almonds and probably light smoke stays around towards the end.

Finish:
Subtle molasses, vanilla oil and coconut milk with a soft ending of green herbs. 

Thoughts:
I was told that Paul John Oloroso is matured in Bourbon cask for 3 years  and finished in Oloroso sherry cask for an extra 4 yours (that’s double  maturation in my book, but hey, not important). It is amazing to see  how well the sherry red fruits has been built into the malt. It gives an  extra dimension, smooths the edges of the spirit with an elegant touch. The spice brings intensity but the heat is nicely tamed. Nice flavours,  composed with great complexity. Remarkable dram! 

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

[57.4% • 2016 • Original  Bottling • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Coloured • Non Chill-Filtered • Batch: 1 • 252 Bottles • Quick Impression]

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