Thanks to /u/devoz for this sample.
Yes, that’s a wine bottle. It was part of a split. Yes, my glass is dirty. I exude a film on my hands that help me escape predators.
As a “break” from the distillery exclusives, we jumped over to GlenDronach. Specifically GlenDronach 11 2003 Single Cask PX Sherry Puncheon, a cask that was bottled for Wine & Beyond back in 2014, when we thought we understood madness and turns out we didn’t.
The idea of this was to compare and contrast to an upcoming distillery exclusive (review to follow) and see how the change in peating to not peating may differ between two single casks.
Oh, who am I kidding? The idea was to share whisky with one another and have a good time.
Let’s see how this tastes, shall we?
Price: No longer available
Cask # 4007
Cask Type: Pedro Ximènez Sherry Puncheon
Number of Bottles: 653
Colour: 2.5Y 7/8
Nose: Brown sugar, mint, diesel
Simpler nose. It hits three things and leaves. Not gonna stand around here picking this one apart. You have some sharpness, some molasses/sugar, and some strength. Water means less mint and more diesel.
Alright. Kinda straightforward. Let’s move on.
Taste: Strawberry, raisin, lime, cream, mint
Here we go, now we’re painting with all the colours. Maybe of the rainbow. Well, at least the red and green ones.
Sherry influence, sherry forward. Acidity to balance out the sweetness. Mint to pair well. A lovely mouthfeel.
Finish: Raisin, coconut, caramel, dry apple
We get more focused on the finish. Drier, more tropical, and lots of sweets in the form of caramel.
Conclusion: So there are a few questions to ask on this dram. First off, asking ourselves if we’re a nose lover. If you’re into noses, then this is an immediate skip. Very simple nose with sharp elements.
On the other hand, that taste is quite nice. The finish focuses it even more on tropical, fruity, and dry elements.
Don’t judge this on the nose. Or do, I’m not your mother. It’s certainly a nice whisky. Does it lose out with the lose of peated malt? Maybe. Probably on the nose.
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