Thanks to /u/boyd86 for sharing this dram.
There was a time where, if you drank whisky, statistically it was made in Ireland. Scotch wasn’t as big. And there was a time where if you drank Scotch it was a single malt (statistically) and underage or a blend, depending on the decade.
We don’t know the next big country for whisky. Since the Bible writing dingus isn’t around to tell the media to hype the shit out of things, we’re left to do so alone.
Enter… the Netherlands? Alright. Millstone Oloroso Sherry Special No.9 isn’t my first rodeo from this distillery. This single cask was aged entirely Oloroso Sherry Butt, has some good years on it, and is cask strength (though the Angel’s sure stole a lot).
Let’s see how it tastes, shall we?
Price: € 250
Stated Age: 19-years-old
Cask Type: Oloroso Sherry Butt
Number of bottles 300
Colour: 7.5YR 4/8
Nose: Raisin, nutty, orange soda, cherry, coffee, molasses
Sherry dominant dram going on. Has moments where the sherry is overpowering, though there’s enough molasses/coffee notes to not be in “totally high strength Sherry zone”. You know, the alcoholic version of that one zone.
Taste: Toffee, salt, cherry, chestnut, molasses
More toffee and salt, more cherry/nuttiness, and more molasses. What’s not to like? The toffee is strong enough to hold up to the heavy sherry influence here, giving us the now-rare sherry bomb.
Finish: Dry orange, cocoa, coffee, black cherry, peach, nutmeg
Nice finish, still very rich, and goes into even more rich area. Think going from Canada’s 1% to Saudi Arabia’s 1%. Like, I lost my Bugatti, thank goodness I have 12 more type of rich.
Very consistent sherry bomb through to the finish.
Conclusion: Wonderfully rich sherry bomb. Keeps to it’s flavour profile, doesn’t go crazy, doesn’t go off the rails. You literally don’t get whisky like this anymore. There was a time where a sweet Aberlour or Macallan would come out yearly like this. And it was inexpensive. And then they went extinct faster than Silphium when people found out what it did.
So suffice to say, if you find this whisky, get it. If you see a Millstone at cask strength in sherry? Try it, on the off chance it’s like this.
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