I was told by the store employee that Dave from Valinch & Mallet came across a 50 year old (I asked multiple times, but she assured me) Pedro Ximénez Cask. They bought the cask, drank the sherry, and finished this Speyside distillery whisky for two years, that had been previously in American oak... whoa, that’s a lot to take in. I have many questions: A 50 year old Pedro Ximénez? Really? How did they come across this? And why Speyside distillery? Surely you could have went with Caol Ila or a more interesting distillery for such a special cask? Maybe that’s the point, they wanted to show off the cask with a neutral spirit. The quality of the cask certainly isn’t one of my questions. Stunningly good sherry influence. One of the best I’ve had this year for sure. The real important question now is, what is currently in this cask?
Incredible nose and it’s all about the cask. Smells like you’re in a dunnage warehouse sticking your nose into a great old sherry cask. Chocolatey, fresh strawberry jam, charcoal dust, dunnage floor, hessian, raspberry compote...sweet but balanced. It’s not really about the distillery.
Dunnage floor, hessian, strawberries in chocolate, luxardo cherries, red licorice, rich full mouthfeel, charred oak. Seriously, I’m not even really a huge sherry fanatic.
Nice long finish. Mouthcoating sherry, sweet, but not overly. High quality sherry. Makes many sherry maturations look silly to be honest. Dark chocolate, nibs, charred oak, hessian.