Monbazillac is a naturally sweet white wine made exclusively in the town of Monbazillac, France. It's generally sweet, fruity and floral, with a good tannin structure due to the use of French Oak staves. This Monbazillac cask comes from a vineyard owned by my barrel broker's uncle, believe it or not - without the connection, we'd likely never see this cask used in whiskey.
"It was used to finish 13-year-old 94% Rye 6% Malted Barley Straight Rye Whiskey from an undisclosed Canadian source for 2 months (the same whiskey that makes up the base of our standard 12 year), in the colder months of late winter/early spring. The result is a whiskey with a great oak spice profile, a fantastic palate weight and mouthfeel, and beautiful aromatics ranging from sweet honeysuckle, chamomile and creme brulee. This whiskey showcases a completely different finishing profile to any other white wine cask we've used, with a unique spice profile which creates a wonderful harmony with the aged rye.