From Zuidam distillery comes this Millstone Oloroso Sherry, kind of a younger and cheaper version of their 12 Years Oloroso. For this whisky they were using smaller 250l casks, re-composed from larger sherry butts.
Millstone Oloroso Sherry 3 yo 2014 (46%, OB 01.2018, 3000+ btl.)
Nose: a lot of very young Oloroso wine notes, but also prominent notes of sherry vinegar I’m afraid. Not great in whisky, but please get to know this unique vinegar. A sour fruity side (red berries, apples, rhubarb, heavily infused fruit tea) and savoury, lightly meaty hints (maggi, celery, wet leather). Hints of toffee and spice.
Mouth: a bit thinner than I expected, more towards sherry brandy now. Figs, red berries, old (still sourish) wood, followed by earthy spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, clove). Grainy undertones. Hints of bitter Turkish coffee.
Finish: quite long, on soaked raisins, wood and walnuts.
Quite young and although it is heavily infused with sherry already, it’s a bit thin and the acetic acid ruined it for me. I’m not a fan of this. Still available from The Whisky Exchange or Master of Malt.