Cadenheads Original Collection A Tennessee Distillery 18 Year Old Tennessee Whisky (700ml)
A huge age statement rarely encountered out of Tennessee. Based on the spelling of "whisky" on the label, we would anticipate it to be from Dickel as opposed to JD which also aligns with previous Cadenheads releases. Early shellac dominates the aromas, so give it five minutes to come good with enticing scents of ginger beer, carpenter's shop and background caramel and vanilla. Those notes translate onto the palate as fruit and cinnamon bread, brown sugar and butterscotch followed by a pleasingly astringent charry oak finish leaving rich vanillas, ginger cake and maple syrup in its wake. This fully mature, stately, elegant Tennessee bottling has the refinement and body of a single malt. Coupled with a serious age statement, it should appeal to collectors and drinkers alike. 46% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.
Notes from the bottlers... Nose: Vanilla pods, salted caramel, honeysuckle. Flavour: Caramel latte, honeycomb, milk chocolate. Finish: Root ginger, sweetened butter, many layers of sweetness. Its soft nature partly due to the Lincoln County process that's required by State law.