How Does It Taste Like?
The nose kept itself hidden for a while but then what an opening!! It started warm with honey, oak spices. It opens up with orchard fruits, pears, apples, and a minimal sulphury feeling. The palate starts with a creamy texture and a show of sultanas. Pears, apricots, Manuka honey takes it on to the finish with nutmeg and quince dryness.
The finish needs another paragraph. It takes from the palate dry and warm. It is lingering and peach becomes dominant with earthy notes of tobacco leaf. Then, suddenly, sur lie hits! When a wine is allowed to stay in contact with its dead yeast cells to develop more flavor, it has been aged on sur lie! Agin on sur lie creates nutty and yeasty aromas in white wines and prevents the extended formation of sulfur-smelling compounds. As the whiskey is diminishing, those nutty and yeasty aromas hit my palate and I was like ' Whoaaa!'
Then time passes and the character of the whiskey started to release more nutty flavors, baking spices, fruit cake.
Even though, this is the first bottle that I have tried from the distillery, Athrú Keshcorran 14 Year Old impressed me deeply. Lovely nose, great palate, incredible finish. Like a good Cognac, with time it just got deeper, more intense, warm and fascinating.
I also reviewed Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake this year and I also tasted that to compare while I was tasting this one. The Cake is another whisky but I got more peach and coffee notes mainly. In time it opened up very fruity, zesty and floral, though Keshcorran which just got layered with rustic and earthy notes.
A must buy! Wish it was a bit affordable.