Tamnavulin Tempranillo Cask Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky (1000ml) - Damaged Gift Box
One in a series of Tamnavulins for the Travel retail market with a wine matured theme. This one sees an initial period in ex-bourbon barrels before being transferred into Spanish ex-Tempranillo red wine casks. The finishing adds a pleasing tint of colour as well as contributing a berry-like notes. Bottled in a large format at 40%, the producers say to expect warm, sweet flavours of figs, maple syrup and toffee apple with notes of peaches, decadent chocolate ganache and a touch of coffee.
Other reviews... A little NAS finished in one the strongest red wines, what could go wrong? Remember, tempranillo is the varietal that's giving us the famous red Riojas. Colour: gold, not pink, and not even salmony/apricotty. Nose: as unusual as we were expecting, rather on peach and pear leaves, tomato leaves as well, then more earthy wood (barrel) and cassis, fruits and buds. Enters then more and more beer territories, which comes just as unexpected, but that would rather be Kriek and double-IPA. Mouth: a bizarre drop on the palate. Sour cherries, more Kriek, homemade mead, then wine gums and, well, a feeling of sangria. An acquired taste, shall we say. A little bitter/sour oak. Finish: short. Barrel water and more mead mixed with cherry juice. Comments: I'll never really manage to acquire this taste, I'm afraid. Please no red wine in my malt whisky (we'll have to make a T-shirt one day). 70 points - whiskyfun.com