Edradour Ibisco Decanter 11 Year Bourbon Cask (2008)

Scotch Whisky Review #337: Edradour Ibisco Decanter 11 Year Bourbon Cask (2008)

Distillery: Edradour.

Region: Highland.

Age: 11 Year. Distilled October 22nd, 2008. Bottled April 24, 2020.

ABV: 58.0%. Cask Strength.

Cask Type: Bourbon Cask.

Price: Sample courtesy of /u/dustbunna.

Color: 0.6, Old Gold. Natural Color and Non-Chill Filtered.

Nose: It’s quite sweet! Vanilla royal icing and coconut macaroons are the major notes here. A bit of coconut sugar appears as well.

Palate: It’s quite drinkable at full strength. On the very first sip, there was a rush of citrus that never popped up again. Coconut in the form of toasted coconut and macaroons pops in again. You get a note of toasted sugar and some vanilla as well. A dalgona/달고나 note wraps this up. After dash of water, nothing seemed to change much until much later. I had this dram over the course of a couple of hours, and towards the very end came some nutella and fruit jam.

Finish: On the shorter side of things. The coconut and sugar notes come in nicely.

Conclusion: I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but every so often I get a slight itch for something super sugary and this scratched that itch beautifully. The nose is sugary, almost cloyingly sweet, with a great combination of vanilla and coconut coming through. Those same notes continue on through the palate and finish, why mess with something so tasty after all? The transformation towards nutella and fruitiness after a lot of air time was nice to see, as this could use a little more complexity to what it has. Overall, this was incredibly tasty though a touch simplistic and perfect for satisfying a sweets craving.

Final Score: 82.

Scotch Whisky Review #337, Highland Review #64, Whisky Network Review #482

Scoring Legend:

  • 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
  • 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
  • 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
  • 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
  • 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
  • 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
  • 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
  • Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.

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