I gave this bottle a slight edge between the two, it had a bit thicker mouthfeel and I enjoyed the syrupy quality to the candied nuts that came through. Overall, while this was not my favorite style, I am not a huge fan of PX sherry influence, this was a fine sipper. I mentally filed this away as a dessert dram, it was something sweet to digest after a nice meal rather than something I necessarily want to sip by itself. However, I do think, with such a heavy wine influence, it paired really well with some nice hard cheese— so if you want to experiment with single malt and food, this is an intriguing option.
Rich and sweet with demerara sugar, fruit cake, and marzipan. Rich dried fruits and candied nuts bring to mind trail mix. Dense figgy cake, maple syrup, dried cherries, and caramel flan.
Thick and syrupy with sweet rancio and honey glazed nuts. Malty notes of honey nut Cheerios, rice crackers, and rum baba cake. Fruity notes build over time with astringent persimmons, dehydrated pineapples, and mangos, as well as sweet cinnamon and black sugar.
Lingering pilsner funk with nuts and honey.