I found this bottling at Gradl's Whiskyfässla in Nuremberg and was really looking forward to finally opening it. This single cask was actually supposed to be released for the Village whisky fair, which unfortunately had to be cancelled this year.
Usually the whisky chosen to be the "Franconian Edition" is always quite a special bottlings and it has been a really successful selection again this year.
This Filey Bay single cask was distilled in 2017 and bottled in 2021 at 60.5% after being matured in a PX sherry cask - so let's find out what it has to offer...
On the nose I found German Campino candy (the dark one) with cream and black currant. There is a very present PX sweetness with raisins and milk chocolate and some plums paired with dark caramel.
On the palate, the whisky arrives very powerful with an extremely thick mouthfeel. However, the alcohol is very present, too. If you dilute it though, it becomes very oily - and very tasty. Sweet millk chocolate is coupled with raisins, hints of mint, eucalyptus and some other herbs. Additionally the wood influence is quite strong but not overpowering - the wood spices are lovely. I would definitely recommend some drops of water - this malt can take them really well.
The finish is spicy and sweet and keeps lingering for a while, however it is not too complex.
Altogether I would not have been able to tell whether this is an English or a Scottish whisky and I would have expected way less complexity at such a young age - pretty astonishing!
The price, of course, is quite steep at roughly 90 Euros, however, I have tasted older and more expensive whisky which was way less complex and tasty. I would definitely recommend this one.