Renowned Sicilian wine producer Planeta has just launched three different limited edition whiskies, all finished in old Planeta wine casks.
Last year, we showed various Planeta wines to Alex Bruce, renowned ‘whisky nose’ at the Adelphi Whisky Company, with a view to finding suitable mature malt whiskies to ‘finish’ in used (first fill) Planeta barriques.
With Alex's help, we chose a cask of 18 year old Macduff partnered with a Planeta Chardonnay barrel, a 12 year old Jura with a Syrah barrel. Both of these whiskies had been matured in Bourbon casks, which is the norm in Scotland.
The Enotria noses also partnered an 18 year old Mortlach with used Santa Cecilia barrels. Because the Mortlach had previously been in a double sized sherry butt, we needed two Santa Cecilia casks.
Although quantities of each whisky produced are tiny, response to the whiskies has been phenomenal, with orders for over 500 bottles in Scotland alone. They each sell for £38 ex VAT.
Here's a tasting note for the Syrah finish, to whet your appetite:
"Notes of marshmallow, sugared almonds, touch of acacia honey, some nice baked apple and cinnamon nuances coming through with hints of orange barley confectionery, very inviting and complex. Palate is full and grippy with notes of orange zest, cloves and cinnamon..."
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