So after having all of those Tomintouls, I was looking for an out. I don’t even know what kind of out.
Maybe, on some level, I was wondering if I was done. Or if I needed a break. And that’s bullshit, so I moved onto the next option: Date Day.
Went to the Museum Tavern downtown, had a great burger, and decided I wanted to do a review. So I did, because I’m an adult. And it’s one of my wife’s favourite places to go. And we needed a date day.
Never stop dating your wife/husband/etc. That way you can always tell how old they are.
After perusing a very long list, and deciding between Scotch, Canadian Whisky, and Bourbon, I came down to one whisky I had no idea about: Tullibardine Banyul’s Finish.
What, pray tell, was a Banyul? Was it a winery? A creperie? Perhaps just the local cat? Or maybe a type of alcohol I hadn’t heard of.
At the time I put that to rest and tried the dram. However for you, I’ll make an exception and be all over the place. Just this time.
Banyul’s is short for Coume del Mas Banyuls. Well that’s all well and good, but seriously, what does it mean? And is it short for it?
Not really. The wintery is Coume del Mas, which makes Banyuls wine, which is a French fortified wine that is close in style to Port.
So it’s a NAS whisky from a group well known for wine finishes that’s finished in a rare wine finish cask.
Pretty cool. Let’s see how it tastes, shall we?
Price: N/A at the LCBO
Colour: 7.5YR 7/8
Nose: Peach, ash, grape, butter
Okay, that’s a weak nose. Looks like I made a mistake. Time to move on…
So how about those Raptors?
Wait, wait, I can’t just give up now. Who am I, the King of Estonia? That joke doesn’t even make sense and I’m incensed!
Okay, so it’s simple. And light. Nothing too big going on. More peach than anything else. This may have been a mistake.
Taste: Apple, caramel, pepper, cassia buds, ginger, candy, red wine vinegar
Wait, where the fucking hell did this all come from? It’s like a god damn clown car. Or my ex-girlfriend we nicknamed flamethrower because we were worried she was stealing candles.
This is really nice. Not too sweet, the Abv is just right… The vinegar doesn’t really pop out too much until the end, and even then, it’s quite nice.
Finish: Plum, nutmeg, oak, smoke, raspberry, sour cream, bubblegum, Carolina BBQ sauce
More vinegar and sour notes. Again, like my ex.
Seriously though. She was horrible.
This isn’t quite what you’d expect from a port cask, and not quite what I’d expect from a sherry finish (PX). Somewhere in between. And with a nice sour note that punches it up.
Conclusion: I really, really wanted to review this one higher. Because it was tasty. And had a good, unique finish.
But… well that nose is jank as shit. Just not that great at all. And it matters. So while I’m bumping up the score a few points, I can’t say it’s as amazing as the taste and finish deserve. Like knowing a really great person in a three way relationship with one bad person and one great person.
And you go to the poly-wedding and all, yet it’s not perfect because that extra person smells like fish and doesn’t give a shit. But I digress. It’s a decent whisky, don’t get it if you love a good nose.
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