Spade and Bushel Amarone
A single malt which has firstly been matured in bourbon casks for four years before being finished for a year in Amarone wine casks from the Veneto region of Italy. Limited to 1,400 individually numbered bottles and bottled at 45% ABV. RRP €49.99.
Omar Fitzell Notes
Orange peel, pineapple, white chocolate, vanilla, red apples, almonds and honey. Light and delicate
Fresh and zesty. Light in mouthfeel with a fruit forward palate. Flavours of oranges, mandarins, pineapple, lemon curd, vanilla, custard and strawberries.
Crisp, fruity with decent length.
Very pleasant. The Amarone influence must be especially subtle but the result is a very fruity and enjoyable whiskey.
Al Higgins notes
Immediately apparently is the big burst of red wine. The
malt is obvious but the wine finish takes poll position. Summer fruits show in the form of strawberries and a touch of mango.
This bursts with summer fruit again. Strawberries, plums and even some orange citrus. An earthy note appears towards the end.
Short to medium finish. This is where the age is lacking. A slight touch of chocolate mousse here but only very slight leaves for a warm burn from the young spirit
For a 5 year old whiskey, this is very surprising. It’s not as balanced as I’d like however that will come with age. For the price and age this is a really good whiskey that can stand tall, particularly on the palate. If you like wine cask, give this a whirl.
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