Nantou Distillery Omar Sherry Cask Single Malt
Staff Pick

Nantou Distillery Omar Sherry Cask Single Malt

Item # 39018 750mL
$89.96/ Single Bottle
$539.76/ Case of 6

Tasting Notes

If supremely elegant sounds like an overstatement when describing this whisky, we assure you it's not. The folks at Nantou are clearly very serious about their whisky and they are not cutting any corners making what is one of the most impressive whiskies we've tasted in quite some time. This stuff is full of character after years of sherry cask aging in the tropical heat of Taiwan. Notes include ripe banana, guava, dried mango and yellow peaches, darjeeling tea, turmeric baking spices and toasted oak. An excellent well rounded affair that will leave the unsuspecting imbiber giddy with delight.

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Staff Pick Notes

A subtropical island is an unlikely place to produce world-class whiskey, but in a mere decade Taiwan's 2 distilleries have shown what can be accomplished. The success of Japanese whiskies has certainly helped draw attention, but both Kavalan and the Nantou distilleries have made some wise decisions to help forge their own identity. Rather than mimicking the greats from Scotland they decided to harness the warm, tropical climate to their own advantage. With an angel's share loss of 5% long-term aging wasn't feasible, instead they've turned to aging in special casks.This bottle from Nantou (Omar is Gaelic for amber) spends 5 years in sherry casks, imparting luscious aromas of dried fruit, baking spices and dark chocolate all of which carry over onto the palate. It's full, rich and smooth, a surprise hit from an unlikely place.


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