Color: Red gold, amber with a deep orange hue and with thin but slow moving legs around the glass.
Nose: Rooibos iced tea, dried strawberries and cherry soda. Four fruits jam, water from stainless steel bottles and red peppercorns. A couple drops of water make it a little dusty and moldy: Dried cranberries, damp basement rug and wet towels.
Palate: Quite hot on the palate... Whole cloves, red pepper flakes and blackberries. Adding water works great: Espresso grounds, roasted fennel seeds and buckwheat honey. Allspice, Zante currants and cooked raisins.
Finish: Long with black jelly beans, black pepper and steamed milk.
Overall: It is very hard to believe that this whisky is blended using distillates maximum 6 years old only... They must be making those sherry casks work overtime there. It is thick, syrupy (maybe too syrupy..) and quite intense. If heavily sherried whiskies are your thing The Lakes is definitely a distillery to add to your watch list because if they are planning to continue doing what they are doing with the cask management currently soon enough we will have a quite serious new player in the game. Not exactly the type of whisky I would like to pour for myself on a daily basis but I admit that I really enjoyed sipping it today. Thanks again to Koray Kaan Özdemir a.k.a. Whisky Monster for the sample.