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Darkness! Ben Nevis 17 Year Old Palo Cortado Cask Finish

(50cl, 49%)

Darkness! Ben Nevis 17 Year Old Palo Cortado Cask Finish

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Darkness! Ben Nevis 17 YO Bottling Note

The Darkness! strikes again, but this time, it's armed with something a little bit different and rather exciting indeed. This 17 year old Ben Nevis single malt Scotch whisky is the first to be finished for 3 months in a specially built 50-litre cask which previous held Palo Cortado Sherry! Palo Cortado is a bit of an enigma, beginning life ageing as a fino or amontillado Sherry under flor, but it inexplicably starts ageing oxidatively like an oloroso Sherry. The result is a Sherry that has qualities of both oloroso and amontillado, and consequently, a very interesting Darkness! bottling.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Waxy, grassy malt and strawberry cheesecake ice cream. Red rope liquorice and a hint of mint develop with a core of caramel and malt loaf.

Palate: Grainy, rich malt with more fruit developing - fruit salad with some leather on the tail.

Finish: Walnut and date cake gives way to crisp green apple.

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Darkness! Ben Nevis 17 Year Old Palo Cortado Cask Finish Reviews

So Fruity!

Really wasn't expecting something so fruity from this distillery - I've been underwhelmed by their output in the past. In this instance though, the cask has clearly worked some magic - it's superlative stuff.

23rd August 2016

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