Chateau Dereszla 2005 – 3 puttonyos

Rating: 8 out of 10

Time for some reference material for all the Tokaji finished whiskies out there.
Nose: complex, dynamic and very balanced. Lots of development over time. Starts of very fruity and tangy. Lychee, citrus (kumquat, organge zest) and stonefruits (peaches, tinned apricot). There’s also a very nice bitter, slightly almond-like note in there. Clear herbal notes of dill, so it probably spent quite some time in new oak. There’s even a very slight smokey note to it.

Mouth: yet another surprise! It’s far less sweet than expected. It’s very balanced and concentrated. Zesty and tart, with hints of marmelade, orange peel, and slightly spicy.

Finish: quite long and with a pretty prominent sherry-ish ‘rancio’.

Lovely stuff. A pleasant surprise. Less sweet and more engaging than expected. Recommended material for whisky lovers, if only to get your bearings right when it comes to tasting Tokaji finished whiskies.

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