Typically I’m a bartender’s minor annoyance. Sometimes I’m a bartenders happy, well tipping friend. And other times I’m the bane of bartenders’ existence.
I’m reviewing at this nice pub by the train station and I ask, nicely, to try Linkwood Refill Sherry Butt 2000. Which annoys the guy in front of me, because he has to go grab a stool to get up to the top shelf.
Oh well, don’t like it, go get a job at a shittier pub then.
Then he brings it down, and I ask to take a picture of it.
Which to this bartender is the equivalent of lugging a human head around in ones purse. He asks me a few times, and I finally explain that I want to remember the bottle and the review.
I get another odd stare.
Then I go whole hog and ask for a new glass, same as the last one. He thinks I’m nuts.
None the less, I did get the pictures, and the other bartender put him on “pour the beer like a chimp” duty for awhile.
I’m still not 100% on Malts of Scotland. The website is hard to get around, and I don’t speak German, so the other Website is hard to understand. However I can say that this whisky is from a distillery I don’t know too much about, from an IB that I don’t know too much about, served to me by a man who’s genitals are quite small and thus the world has done him wrong.
Price: N/A in Ontario
Cask MoS: 14025
Bottle #: 153 of 606
Cask Type: Refill Sherry Butt
Nose: Strawberry, lemon tart, unripe banana, red licorice, chive, lilac
The mixture of the lighter sherry elements with the banana and floral elements of the Speyside character works really well here.
Well, based on that sentence, maybe I shouldn’t give the guy too much shit. I’d give me a weird look too.
Taste: Butter, burnt pumpernickel, grassy, cream, grapefruit, grape
Smooth, yet not without a few burnt, yeasty and grassy notes throughout. Not what I was expecting from a sherried whisky. Tasty.
Finish: Smoke, oak, raspberry flavouring, nutmeg, tobacco, dry
Where in the balls did the smoke come from? Maybe the guy was smoking something and it got in my whisky? I even moved a little bit away and tried it again, to make sure I wasn’t getting some smells or tastes from the ciggies outside.
I’m not the biggest tobacco or dry finish fan, however this is nice. If you like any of these elements, you’ll score this higher.
Conclusion: Well put together, complimentary flavours, and a surprise finish. Like an interracial orgy.
Really nice, bold flavours in this. If I like tobacco more or pumpernickel at all, I’d rate this 2 or 3 points higher. Good buy, all in all, and worth dealing with a sour puss over.
Scotch review #292, Speyside review #84, Whisky network review #432
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