Review: Sons of Vancouver No. 82 Barrel-Aged Amaretto / by Jason Hambrey

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Refill ex-sherry and ex-bourbon
Wheat spirit, brandy, vanilla, apricot kernels, honey and demerera sugar
Distiller Sons of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

This is released once a year, around Christmas - it is the Amaretto from Sons of Vancouver that is aged in a mixture of Ex-2Bar Bourbon barrels and Ex-Westland casks, finished in a used oloroso sherry cask.

Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2021

  • Bottling Code: N/A

This is similar to the regular Sons of Vancouver amaretto with the stone fruit, jam, vanilla, and light floral notes – but it is altogether different with the cask character. There is a rich, intense sherry note that surrounds the almond notes with all sorts of savoury and nutty characters. The body is richer with more of a custard-type character. The tannins from the oak add a lot of great structure. The end, once again, is almond and cherry but tannins amp up the structure and there are waves of creamy toffee, baking spice, and brown sugar.

Very Highly Recommended. This one really shows the potential depth that liquers can have.