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Launceston Apera Cask Matured, H17-21 - 46%ABV - 30ml

Launceston Apera Cask Matured, H17-21 - 46%ABV - 30ml

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Aged in small French oak casks which previously held Apera fortified wine (Australian-style sherry).


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Robert Madden

3.5/5 13th November 2022 (modified from @drrhcmadden on Distiller)

N: The nose is big right off the mark. Fifteen minutes idly sitting contemplating the world hasn’t changed the character. This is thick and luscious to the nose, rich in dried fruits that lean towards sultana. The thickness seems to come from vanilla toffee or caramel. Dry oaky tannin and a very light clove spiciness. There is a leathery opulence thats quite lovely too.

P: Oily and rich. A very bold heavy weight palate that remains soft and velvety after the initial oily richness clears. Dark chocolate provides both sweet and balancing bitterness, sherry fruit flavours are pretty classic but are layered with more of an orchard fruit character. There is a dark honey and a late lift from a floral note that keeps things a little more interesting than a simple sherry bomb (or as I recently saw renamed; Apera assault). The oak is slightly over done though making this just a shade too tannic.

F: Medium. Oak is the dominant influencer with drying tannins, figgy sweetness and a gentle baking spice to pepperiness. There is a lovely syrupy clinginess to the final exit that is rich and intense. Again though, just a little too tannic.

A few drops of water and whilst the nose stays the same the palate changes quite a lot. There is a salted caramel character that comes forward and the spices develop into cinnamon and nutmeg (I think?, Spices are more readily standing on their own in any case), and an orange oil comes forward to. The finish stays oaky and drying.

My last Launceston was a mixed wood casking with American ex-Bourbon and French ex Tawny (Australian Port). That was better balanced with a greater depth of flavour. I think I can pull the similarities through the honey and toffee but this Apera feels uniquely different none the less. On the spectrum of sherried Scotch, the Apera cask has a few nice novelties, the leather and the floral note, that lets it speak for itself. Clean and well made, albeit slightly too long in the oak, this is a quality Tassie whisky that I could happily have on my shelf, if not for the high price tag.

3.5/5