Here at Whisky International we are pleased to be selected to help Young Spirits with a recent release in support of the TUSK elephant charity.
Bottle Name: Uhuru
Distillery: Ailsa Bay
Bottler: Young Spirits
Age: 10 Years
Nose: Sweet and unsurprisingly cask-driven. Pear drops and pear syrup together with peach yoghurt and ground sugar. Vanilla pods and toffee popcorn sit with crème brulee and charred staves. Dilution offers additional fruitiness with white grapes and gooseberries alongside caramel wafer biscuits and creamed rice.
Taste: Macerated peaches and apricot slices join pureed orchard fruits, whilst perceptible high ABV is accompanied by a juxtaposition of cask creaminess and oak spicing – both of which are pretty heady. Vanilla extract with burnt toffee, overdone caramel and building pepperiness. Smoke is exceedingly background and largely enveloped by the sweetness and wood.
The addition of water introduces tart grapes and Greek yoghurt, whilst amplifying the strong maturation regime further – puckering, drying tannins, overt oak and somewhat surprisingly – hedgerow berries.
Finish: Medium in length and focussed on oaky sweetness, peach melba and fading pepper.