Asta Morris recently released two Glenburgie 2008 expressions distilled on the same day.
Both were aged in refill bourbon casks and then finished in rum casks that have previously been selected for his Rasta Morris bottlings, the Foursquare and Caroni. Very educational cask recycling, I must say.
Glenburgie 10 yo 2008
(52%, Asta Morris 2018, AM116, Foursquare rum finish, 237 btl.)
Nose: the whisky may be a little light and ‘generic’ here, but the rum is able to lift it without overdoing it. Cake, floral honey, light hints of latte. There’s a milky, creamy side to it. Vanilla and citrus sweets. Banana pie. That sweet, fruity side hints towards rum indeed.
Mouth: nice apple pastry, vanilla cake. Hints of peaches. Then peppery notes, moving towards grassy notes and zesty grapefruit.
Finish: medium, back to honeyed notes, alongside apple peeling and eau-de-vie.
This is a nice whisky, even though I’m not the biggest fan of its simple, neutral and youngish style. The rum certainly made it sweeter and added candied notes. Around € 65.
Glenburgie 10 yo 2008 (52%, Asta Morris 2018, AM106, Caroni rum finish, 259 btl.)
Nose: more interesting and more clearly influenced by the rum. Apples, but in a fresher way, less candied. No honey. More towards grassy / minty notes. Green banana. The typical industrial, diesel-like note of Caroni is also present, albeit very subtle. Well done.
Mouth: same feeling. Slightly drier, more spicy and slightly more ‘industrial’. There’s green banana again, soft earthy, mineral notes. Really interesting, even though it feels more spirity and naked as well.
Finish: longer, on pepper, grasses, green banana and eau-de-vie.
This one stood out on the nose. If you like Caroni, you will appreciate the influence here. My favourite of this experimental combo. Around € 65.