Fine Blended Malt Whisky 1993 24 Years Old (Whisky-Fässle)
So yeah, another one of those ‘I’ve no idea what the hell is in this’ kind of whiskies. What I do know is that it is bottled by Whisky-Fässle, a German independent bottler with an excellent reputation, and it has matured in a sherry hogshead for a respectable periode of 24 years. That’s what you’ll have to do with.
Fine Blended Malt Whisky 1993 24 Years Old (54,3%, Whisky-Fässle)
Nose: Slightly shy at first, with only mild cinnamon and notes of stewed apples popping up. After a little while I get burlap, some brown sugar and hints of tobacco too, as well as a good amount of (dried) red fruit. It does get more fresh as well, with a hint of green apples and a nice acidity.
Taste: Creamy and mouth-coating in texture, there’s some fruit (bitter oranges), and there’s an earthiness too, followed by spices (think cloves and nutmeg) and oak. Quite dry. Water suppresses the spices, and brings out a more herbacious side, as well a bit of cherry syrup.
Finish: Drying, with a touch of menthol and coriander.
As promising as the nose was, the palate couldn’t quite keep up. A lovely dram nonetheless, with a bit of a challenge thrown in, which I do not mind at all.
Sample provided by Whisky-Fässle
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.