They say travel broadens the mind, but what does it do to a whisky?
Nomad Outland Whisky is a collaborative effort between Richard Paterson, Master Blender for Whyte & MacKay, and Antonio Flores, Master Blender for renowned sherry producer Gonzalez Byass.
The information available indicates that this is a blend of 26 malts (mainly Speyside) and 6 grain whiskies of between 5 and 8 years old which are then returned to Oloroso sherry casks for 3 years before being shipped over to the Gonzalez Byass bodegas (sherry warehouses) in Spain for an additional year long period of maturation in Pedro Ximenez casks.
If you are interested in reading a little more about the relationship between whisky and sherry then have a look at my article What Every Whisky Drinker Really Should Know About Sherry.
The result of this period of maturation out with Scotland does mean that it cannot legally be referred to as a Blended Scotch (as per Scotch Whisky Association Regulations) and gives rise to its nomadic nomenclature.
Nomad Outland Whisky, NAS, 41.3%abv (from my collection)
The nose is very sweet and very rich. Full of soft leather, brown sugar, sticky toffee pudding, rum ‘n’ raisin ice cream, over ripe oranges and masses of muscovado sugar intertwined with figs, raisins and all manner of dried fruits.
The palate is, unsurprisingly, full of the rich sherries flavours we would expect. Big hits of chocolate and more sugar. It is intensely sweet, perhaps a little too sweet at times for my liking. Huge slices of Dutch apple cake, raisins and some faint wood make up the rest of the syrupy, vanilla laden palate.
The finish is chock full of caramel and molasses. It has a slight spiced upturn amidst the return of the chocolatey mocha and some cinnamon pastries.
To be honest there is very little in terms of actual spirit character evident here, it is all pretty much obfuscated by the flavours imparted during the intensity of the maturation / finishing process. Most of what does come through is in the mouthfeel with the texture of the grain whisky matching up well with and supporting the syrupy flavours.
The packing and bottle design is a little out there and won’t be to everyones taste but I suppose it is a unique project and it has been designed as such.
Far too sweet and intense to be a session dram and a bit too much on the sweet side for me, more of an occasional mood dram due to its liqueur like properties.
That said at less than £30 its worth a punt if you are a big fan of sherried whiskies and are wanting something a little different. I’d also wager it would stand up rather well to a cigar.
Currently available for £29.25 from The Whisky Exchange.
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