Fine Blended Whisky 35 yo 1980/2015 (46.7%, Whisky-Fässle, sherry butt)
Some old single cask blended Scotch that may have been blended at
birth. Colour: amber. Nose: really very nice, with some tobacco, autumn
leaves, fig cake, and quite a lot of toffee, although the whole would
remain rather elegant, and never ‘heavy’. I especially enjoy these
whiffs of eucalyptus, pinesap, and pipe tobacco that are rising to your
nostrils after just one minute. Mouth: really old-school sherry, with
some old oloroso, a very dry polished oak, bags of old chestnuts, and
even more pipe tobacco than before. Also some very black tea. Touches of
molasses and orange syrup in the background. Finish: rather long, with
‘ideas’ of old hyper-sherried Macallans. Very high malt content for
sure. The aftertaste is dry and almost bitter (artichoke liqueur) but
all that works very well in this context. Comments: very excellent.
Blends? Anytime… in this case. SGP:461 - 89 points.
Very nice nose with a rich, sweet, warm and spicy Sherry influence. Cherries, dates, prunes, dark chocolate, mocca liqueur, cinnamon and a slight chilli catch somewhere in between. These aromas are nicely rounded by leather and old polished oak. Very rewarding and beautiful - quite complex and after a while it becomes even fruitier and lusher.
Punchy and fruity attack, but it quickly becomes drier and spicier and the sweetness is only a distant feeling in the background. The development is rich with tannins and wood spice. Some dry, reduced beef stock and just a slight hint of smoke. A prune sauce seasoned with sea salt, caraway seeds and aniseed that you might serve with pork belly. The sweetness returns just before swallowing: this time it might be the old grain speaking up with some creamy vanilla and dried apricot. Beautiful!
Medium long, with wood spice, warm vanilla, cherries, prunes and a distant note of coffee latte.
A very, very good, beautifully aged Blend with a lot of Sherry sweetness that's omnipresent but not overpowering. Sometimes I find it lacks a bit of definition and it's not an absolute stunner of a whisky, but it's still a great, great after dinner dram and definitely a bang for your buck whisky if you consider the price/age/quality ratio (it was sold for 150 bucks).
Sweet with notes of stewed prunes and sherry at first nosing. Smells like plum in Madeira chocolate covered marzipan. No, it smells like the perfect Christmas fruitcake with cherry brandy and marzipan. Or is it a fruit mince pie for Christmas? An excellent nose.
Slightly sweet at first mouthfeel. Becomes very spicy, which is no surprise after 35 years maturation in oak. Tastes like curried fruit chutney - Mrs Balls Hot Chutney. Tastes better and better, if you continue to sip. Lovely.
Medium long and warming.
Excellent whisky - recommended
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