Jan 072020
 

Following yesterday’s 2006 Fino, we move on to the second of the three Deanston offerings is a 16 year old Organic Oloroso. This isn’t Deanston’s first foray into Organic whisky, and we had a 15 and a 14 year old organic offering. Since the 15 year old was released in 2016 and the 14 year old in 2017, the math brings us to 2019 with a 16 year old.

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The organically certified 15 year old was limited to Germany and travel retail, while this 16 year old Oloroso finish Limited Edition is (still) widely available.

 

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Deanston 2002 Organic Oloroso Cask Finish, 16 Years Old, 528 Bottles (50.6% ABV, NCF, NC)

Appearance: Deep gold, with a very sturdy necklace.

Nose: Nice. The nose starts with a honeyed sweetness, followed by a hint of sherry vinegar and dried apricots. There’s a hint of sweet white wine, against a backdrop of blackcurrant and dried cherries.

Palate: Pepper mixed with a nice red wine, washed down with a sip of apple juice. Chicory coffee and some subtle chocolate with a drizzle of red fruit coulis.

Linger: Spicy in the gullet, with a dryness in the back half of the inner cheeks. The fresh fruit sweetness mixes with a hint of malt.

Conclusion

This dram is very well crafted, developing layer after layer. From the sweet maltiness to the fruitiness.
This is a great sipper, that will keep unfolding in the glass and the mouth.

Jun 182014
 

The Glenlivet expanded its successful Nàdurra line with a 48% Oloroso sherry matured expression, after being limited for the past eight years to one expression aged 16 years in first fill ex-bourbon casks. The original Nàdurra is a wonderful whisky at cask strength, with varying percentages of ABV (falling above 54% and below 58%).

The Nàdurra Oloroso is NAS, and is not as complex as the bourbon Nàdurra, probably due to its age, although it doesn’t feel overly young.

The local whisky community in Israel isn’t huge and this is a small country, yet I have not yet met Eliyau Shiffman in person. He is, however a Facebook friend, and has recently returned with a bottle of the Nàdurra Oloroso and was kind enough to share a sample of this with me. So thank you, Eliyau!

 

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OLO314 (48%, NCF, NC)

Color: Deep amber/light bronze with thin long legs.

Nose: Balsamic vinegar, demerara sugar, fresh diced plums, coconut, raisins and sweet spices with a hint of licorice, malt, clove in a Christmas cake.

Taste: Smooth with a sweet beginning giving way to notes of dry wine, bittersweet chocolate and dark spices (pepper, cloves and allspice) with a bitter undertone.

Linger: A warming on the roof of the mouth leaving a tangy linger behind. Raisins and spices come through with pepper, allspice and sage.

The whisky is good, as one would expect from The Glenlivet. However, I don’t see this expression making its way into the pantheon of great sherry bombs as it lacks depth. I’ll reserve my final opinion, though, to the full cask strength release which should follow this travel retail exclusive in the fall of 2014.