I was a bit lukewarm about the similar 17 year old single cask yesterday, which I suspect has a magical watering level for unlocking its potential. I'm not discouraged though, and today I have an 18 year old single cask before me. Same idea - a straightforward ex-bourbon matured whisky.
Quiet, clean, malty. Not a lot of clues of the hefty strength unless you stick your nose uncomfortably deep into the glass. Whiffs of fruit.
Gingery spice, salt. Water brings out a little fresh fruit, but the heat is still dominant.
Now we're talking - spicy but round and balanced, huge chunk of fruit. Pineapple and peaches. Salty.
I was disappointed with the 17 year old because it never left the spicy-malty territory, but this cask seems to have less of those problems. While it starts off along those same lines, the palate and finish release a lot more flavor. It gets better along the way but still suffers a bit of the simple straightforwardness. Better than yesterday's dram, but nothing to chase too vigorously.
78 / 100