Name: Quarter Cask
Owner: Beam Suntory
Type: Single malt
Age: Probably a bit above 10 years
Bottle size: 700ml
Colour: Amber / Dark gold
Nose: White fruits with a pleasant bacon barbecue smoke enveloping them. Doesn't seems as medicinal as the 10 at first. Let's continue. There is a tad of leather, and quite a bit of dark chocolate. Speaking of them, this particular dram would go very well with it, too bad I don't have any at the moment. Well now, that's an odd one... I get blackberries after a time. Is my nose playing tricks ? There may be an hint of cinnamon infused oranges too. This is a very pleasant nose, not overwhelming with peat (i.e. : balanced). With water : Less smoke, more fruits.
Palate: More powerful than the nose, the medicinal and floral peat steals the show, with white fruits in the background. There is a pleasant sweetness in this, is that sherry ? You can keep it long in the mouth as it keeps developing. This is quite complex stuff. Damn this bites a bit, might get interesting with water. Lots of pears now.
With water : More gourmand, with baked apples and barbecued marshmallows. Caramel too.
Finish: Medium length on bitter lemon zest, plants and chimney ashes.
Overall: Less "in your face" than the 10th (i.e. this is much more balanced), and it is for the better. It might be a good idea to let it open up a bit in the glass (~10 minutes) to remove the alcohol bites. This is good stuff, though it might be a bit difficult to apprehend for newcomers maybe, but maybe not.
Rating: 89 / 100
Food pairing suggestion: Dark chocolate