BLIND TASTING on 28/12/2020
EYE / NOSE
Mahogany. The malt looks almost viscous in the nosing glass. Rich, deep sherry flavors, a trip to another (whisky) time. Typical Oloroso notes, only the characteristic orange is missing. Instead, dark berries, especially currants, red and black, fill the fruit basket. A lot of spice and too wild and maritime for one of the classic Speysider, which one might involuntarily think of when considering the color. Very broad, distinctive bouquet, if not overly complex. Bunnahabhain Sherry was my first thought, even if any distillery character of a non-smoker is of course gladly buried under such a heavy load of sherry. Even with the old Macallans of the 1960s and 1970s, the typical, the much-loved recognition factor, yes, the consistently used sherry casks from the same bodegas, make up the original distillate. Go on. Leather, dusty old wooden furniture, liquorice.
Full mouthfeel. Extremely powerful. When it comes to taste, I immediately get the impression that the test person can tolerate water - and plenty of it. Also true. It opens up, unfolds its aromas, has a sweeter and fruity nose, and smoother and creamier on the tongue. A bit as if you had created an ingenious whisky essence, which can now be stretched (almost) arbitrarily with water and adapted to individual tastes. The full tannin load follows. The sherry has really done a great job over the years. I note down dark cocoa powder and dark chocolate, then it merges seamlessly and smoothly into the aftertaste.
FINISH / CONCLUSION
Forever long, dry, warm, slightly chalky finish. The malt leaves the impression of roasted espresso beans in the mouth. Excellent! Direct hit. Another drop that makes you wish the world stood still and you could enjoy it forever. What I did not even notice are classic, extra sweet PX notes like dates, which some had reported, and that's a good thing, because PX seems to have truly become the Paxarette of today, so omnipresent now seems the grape, especially in the area of finishes.
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