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This sample was graciously provided by @Nozinan The bottle was opened October 31 2018 and was 2/3 full when the sample was poured on Dec 2.
Here are my notes with some excerpts from my exchange with @Nozinan
I’m going to let this one breathe for a few minutes but my very first impression is a PX Cask, just going by the empty sample bottle. But I’ll have to give it time and pay attention
- Nose (undiluted): raisins, dates, a bit of cocoa, walnuts, maybe fresh spearmint leaves. With time there’s some sweetness reminiscent of bread pudding with sticky toffee
- Palate (undiluted): gentle arrival, almost understated, toffee, more cocoa, red fruits, a very slight hint of spice (nutmeg particularly)
- Finish: medium length, oak spice developing to chocolate and raspberries, with a touch of orange zest at the tail end
With water, the toffee jumps to the forefront on the nose. The dates are still present albeit further back. On the palate there are more raisins, along with some balsamic vinegar, but it “thins out” a bit too much with water. The orange zest appears sooner on the finish and is more pronounced and a tad bitter.
As far as guessing, I picked up the PX Cask right away, but from the sample bottle rather than the glass. I told my “dealer” that I didn’t think this whisky was bottled above 46% abv. Way off on that count. I was also in the wrong country...on the wrong continent as I was convinced this was a Glenfarclas. I guessed farclas 15, and maybe Macallan 12. I realize none of those are PX Cask whiskies but the difference between the sample bottle and the glass threw me off. Very enjoyable nonetheless.
Addendum: this is a 4 1/2 year old whisky that went into the barrel in June 2009 and was bottled in January 2014
Score: 89/100 neat 86/100 with water