This is the first cask I am tasting from Batch #9 of single casks released last December (full story here). No reason why I started with the 1985 but I had a feeling this is going to be a good one, and boy was I right (not that there are any bad GD single casks). Distilled 13/12/85 bottled at 53.7% from cask 1035. Seems to be sold out now, so good luck trying to find one (If you do, let me know).
Nose : Lovely smoked sherry influence. Yes smoke. dried fruit salad , balsamic, smoked prunes, figs , pepper cinnamon and clove.
Palate: Oh yea! That wonderful smoky sweet stuff is back , but even more pronounced. Delicious dark and bitter sweet plums , BBQ smoke and oak with a touch of dark chocolate cardamom and Clove.
Finish: Dark chocolate. Oak. Smoke and spices. Drying.
In short: A stunning cask. I just LOVE the smoky plum and sultanas, with the Balsamic and sweetness, with enough oak to balance it, not too sweet, not too oaky and not too dry. I was overwhelmed by how good it was the first time i tasted it, and the second and third sessions were just as good. Tulip shaped glass produced the best results with this one (not a Glencairn)
Brilliant cask. Get one if you can. that’s all I can say here.