Spirit of the Sea #3
Back to the origins of whisky maturation
The salty air, the humidity of the open sea, the rolling of the boat—all conditions that were once common when whisky underwent part of its maturation during transport at sea. A tradition that we have revived with TOWT, a company that is relaunching the sail-powered merchant marine.
After the success of previous editions, we once again loaded one of our barrels on the deck of the “Gallant”, a magnificent, century-old schooner over 36 meters long.
Onboard, Black Mountain Spirit of the Sea Voyage #3 aged at sea, at the mercy of the wind and the boat’s stopovers for more than 5 months. North African coasts, the Canary Islands, Mauritania, Cape Verde, the Caribbean—an itinerary that would make any globetrotter drool, and which slowly shaped this whisky to give it its strong character.
A soft nose, but one whose marked aromas of vanilla, coconut, dry wood, and caramel cream immediately enchant. In the background, light peppery, liquorice, and citrus notes add pep and balance.
Very aromatic on the palate, with fruit and vanilla adding a luxuriousness; ginger and spices adding freshness; and notes of orange zest to introduce a hint of bitterness that makes your mouth water.
A medium to long finish, quite dry, that invites you to come back quickly. Mainly focused on woody aromas, delicately complemented by notes of candied fruit and citrus.