Fruit notes come in different ways and it's always a matter of taste, which kind of fruity notes you like. Fruity whiskies can be dark or dry, they can be ripe or tropical, or raw, fresh or crispy. Usually it's easy to determine, whether the fruity notes are green or red, or some other fruity tone. Citrus fruit notes are quite common. What makes whisky so great is its versatility: even a strong peaty whisky can offer fruity notes. And there are lots of different fruity notes, completely different from each other. Read more about whiskey tasting.
Fruit notes can be:
- Green fruits such as pears, apples, green grapefruits
- Dark fruits like plums, red grapefruits, prunes, figs, raisins
- Dried fruits like prunes, raisins
- Bananas or other exotic/tropical fruits like apricot, peaches, mangos, kiwis etc.
- Red fruits like apples, red grapefruits, cherries etc.
- Raw or ripe fruits
- Citrus fruits
- Strawberries (yes, it is a fruit)
Few good fruity drams:
- Bowmore Tempest 10YO Batch 6 is very peaty but tropical
- Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon is full of tropical fruits
- Black Bull Deluxe 12YO is fruity dark
- Bushmills 21YO offers a taste of fruit candy
- Balblair 1997 is full of green fruits – pears and grapefruits for example
- Glenlivet Nadurra 16YO has apricot and apples
- Edradour 2003 Ruby Port has notes of strawberry
Listed below are some categories, which tend to offer fruity drams.