...and it is a Traditional Scotch with a fine nose but a somewhat strange palate (flavours are not integrated) and disgusting mouthfeel (astringent plastic coating). I had such a plastic feeling before with drams like the new Oban Distillery Exclusive (WB id 114281) or some older Macduff from 1974 (WB id 58969) or 1978 (WB id 97365) and every time after such a plastic experience the next drams tasted dull and flat (for several hours).
So I tried a lush and delicious sherry release I know very well and indeed - it seems as if my taste buds are anesthetized. It is not as bad as with the whiskies mentioned above but still it makes no sense to have another dram after this one. Anyone out there that can confirm my observation?
The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a lush home-grown fruity profile with tons of apples, peaches, pears and different berries. Some nice waxy and mineral notes join in after a while as do some spring flowery aromas. Pretty nice and very old-stylish, I like that!
The taste is somewhat swinging between a sweet fruity and a bitter mineral-herbal side as if these two impressions do not want to merge for whatsoever reason. Such an "un-merged" profile is very unusual and I had this not that often so far - and by the way: I do not like this characteristic. But it is interesting to experience, at least...
The dram arrives warming with a minor peppery moment on the palate and nicely coats the mouth. The finish is of medium length and gets more bitter (aspirin-alike) towards the end with a minor drying-astringent feeling (plastics). Water releases more waxy and mineral aromas in the nose and turns the taste smoother but it increases the rather unpleasant plastic-drying mouthfeel significantly. That is why I like the neat dram better. Because all following drams tasted dull and flat after this plastic mouthfeel I score the finish that low...