Remember the two Inchmurrin 2003 casks bottled by The WhiskyNerds early August? There was a bourbon-matured ‘Order’ and a sherry-matured ‘Law’, both among the best value drams I’ve had this year.
A small part of both casks was kept aside and married together for two months to create a beautiful vatting of presidential allure: The Executive, influenced by two types of wood.
Inchmurrin 14 yo 2003 ‘Executive’ (54,6%, OB for The Whiskynerds 2017, sherry + bourbon vatting #17/171-1, 495 btl.)
Nose: you get the bourbonny oak first, but the sherry grows over time. In the end I find it closer to the sherry bottling (which is great news), perhaps with a bit more spices. Lovely pink grapefruit again, sour (cran)berries and juicy plums (yellow ones this time, instead of red plums?). Just a hint of ripe pineapple from the bourbon cask. A little mocha and fruit tea. Aniseed. Beautiful.
Mouth: bright fruity notes, in the style of Irish whiskey and Littlemill. Grapefruit, passion fruits, raspberries. Hints of guava juice. Again a little more spicy heat, if memory serves me well. A little tobacco as well.
Finish: long, drier now. Cinnamon, plums and fruit tea.
Added yellow fruits and added spices: it doesn’t trump the others but it’s certainly on the same level. If you’ve missed the first two bottlings, then this is a must-have. Around € 100 again: excellent value for money. In Dutch stores today. Update: sold out I believe.