Swiss bottler Seven Seals have produced, what one imagines (strongly) will be a 12-part series featuring the signs of the Zodiac – each with 365 bottles available (I see what you did there). We’ve got three of them on the table today – so we’ll commence with Taurus (April 20 – May 20). Bottled at 49.7% ABV this edition has been finished in tawny port casks. You’ll find it at The Whisky Exchange for £69.95
Nose: Leather straps, dried reeds and blackberries sit alongside white board marker, chocolate sauce and a heady spice mix of pink salt, dusty cinnamon and cardamon pods. Herbal qualities rise up from the glass with rosemary and thyme (sorry no parsley and sage) alongside waterlogged soils. Dilution brings forward a palpable anise aroma, whilst almond paste joins fennel and chopped chives.
Taste: Fire hearth and smouldering earth sit with bright juicy plump hedgerow berries, salinity and liquorice. Vanilla-filled cream buns join ancho chilli spiced cashews whilst chocolate and toffee sauces mingle together. Water offers wood lacquer and shaved chocolate together with dry roasted nuts.
Finish: Long with fading red berry sweetness punctuated by salinity.
The nose of Seven Seals Age of Taurus is appealing – but the palate is a step up beyond this. Rich with fruit and spice and with a refreshing salinity along for the ride. The smoke influence is well-integrated throughout – acting as a supporting note as opposed to a lead. Just a shame dilution is a bit of an odd duck here – huge anise and cask influence detracting away from the far better 49.7% composition.
Review sample provided by Highfern