Black Snake 'Vat 6 First Venom' (56.3%, Blackadder, PX Sherry Cask, 398 bottles, 2015) This is well a single malt, and not a blended malt, but they do it a bit the style of a solera, topping up the vat every time the draw a part of it for bottling. Colour: gold. Nose: rather different, that is to say wilder, rawer, leafier, breadier, and yeastier. That suggests a younger age. With water: this baby loves water! Perfect leafy, tobacco-like nose, with some patchouli and camphor. Mouth (neat): really punchy, gingery, with a coastal side that wasn’t to be found in the others. More smoke as well, more bitter oranges, a little wax, lemon… All that should mean that it’s not the same distillery indeed, but not sure. My bad anyway. With water: really very good IMHO. Green tea, oranges, earth, a little gentiany side… All good indeed. Finish: long, malty and gingery, with herbs. Raisins in the aftertaste, that’s the PX. Comments: the PX doesn’t feel this much, and that’s all for the better if you ask me. SGP:551 - 84 points.