BenRiach 14 Year Old Single Cask Virgin American Oak Finish (Cask 2828)
Cask Type: ex-Bourbon, finish in Virgin American Oak.
Nose: Cocoa, apple, orange peel, caramel, oak, icing sugar, ash, oily honey, floral vanilla, mineral, pepper, faint cinnamon.
Palate: Pink bubblegum, malt, strong oak, banana, pineapple, almond, smoke, black tea, apricot.
Finish: Long tannic finish, salt, tropical fruit, oak, caramel.
I would describe this as best of both worlds, perfect balance between ex-bourbon cask notes, and strong powerful influence of virgin American oak. The previous virgin oak I had were frankly too oaky, bites your tongue off. This is very complex which is unusual for just virgin oak.
Fruity and malty notes, along with cocoa powder, icing sugar, ash, honey, vanilla, spices, goes on and on. The virgin oak is very apparent on the palate, smack of oak, bubblegum, tropical fruits, smoky black tea, with a long oak tannic finish. Exceptional.