A couple of weeks ago I reviewed Batch #001 of the Speyside 8y0 (which is actually a Glentauchers) from the Creative Whisky Company. Not long after, they released Batch #002. Both apparently come from sherry butts, which you wouldn’t guess looking at the color of the second batch, because this one is much, much lighter than the first batch.
Nose: Spicy, mainly cinnamon and nutmeg, with some cumin as well. Pineapple, banana and nectarine. Plenty of vanilla too. Fruity with a subtle spicy layer about sums it up. Taste: Oily mouthfeel with plenty of young, vibrant oak influences. Some pine as well. Again plenty of spices, with chili peppers taking centre stage. Slightly herbal with a touch of mint. Finish: After the initial spice attack this whisky ends on a fruitier note, with red apples and white grapes.
Certainly not a dime a dozen. I really wonder what type of sherry butt this has matured in, since I can’t find many typical sherry aromas or flavours. David Stirk did confirm to me that it has matured in a refill-sherry cask, although he doesn’t know the type of sherry. Must be re-re-refill at the very least.
This has its pros and cons, with the latter mainly being that the spices dominate too much. A little more fruit on the palate would’ve been nice. Not a bad whisky though, and priced fair at just over 40 euro.