Glen Marnoch Highland Single Malt Sherry Cask Finish (40%, Aldi, 2017)
- ABV: 40%
- Age: NAS
- Bottling: Glen Marnoch, Aldi
- Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
- Cost: £20
- Origin: undisclosed distillery
- Vintage: undeclared
What they say
This limited reserve triple pack of Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a perfect gift for Whisky lovers. The Rum Cask Finish offers rich, malty aromas with a vanilla oak taste and subtle notes of caramelised fruits, whilst the crisp and clean Bourbon Cask Finish is beautifully mellow on the palate combining subtle spices and a fruity character. Rich and spicy with layers of sweet oak, a drop of water also helps release the flavours of Sherry Cask Finish.
What I say
Part of the Glen Marnoch gift pack Aldi released allowing a sample side-by-side of their Bourbon, Sherry or Rum cask finished Highland single malt range. I think this retailed around £7 and gave the perfect opportunity to have a wee sample before deciding on a full bottle of any of these at ~ £18-£20 for 70cl. For these releases the 12 year old age statement may have been dropped from the bottlings. I was hoping these are from the same parcel of whisky that has had differing finishing casks – but they could have been sourced from different distilleries – no guarantees here.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Full gold (10/20), large tears and thick legs.
- Nose: Chocolate and icing sugar, sweet, milk chocolate, vanilla dusting, grassy straw, fruity stewed apples with cinnamon and raisins, apple strudel, fried plantain and toffee-chocs.
- Taste: A little more cyrstalline on the palate than the nose, ginger crystals, an old leather purse, vegetal, boiled cabbage, mint and other herbal leaves like wintergreen, mint choc chip ice cream.
- Finish: Medium-long, bitter, earthy, coffee grounds and menthol.
Oh dear, I was hoping for an improvement here as I love sherry influence, however that cask finishing really hasn’t removed the funk from this whiskies initial maturation (most probably) here mint is joined with some really herbal and vegetal notes that I really didn’t enjoy too much.
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