I was brought this by a colleague as a Christmas present.
I don't drink a lot of beer but when I do I tend to go for an IPA so I was a little intrigued by this.
Nose Very light nose. Citrus fruits, apple, bit of spice
Palate Tastes young. Lime, hops, slight oakiness, hint of liquorice
Finish Short. Goes quite bitter.
Ralfy in his reviews sometimes refers to whiskies as 'a character malt'. I'd describe this as a 'lack of character malt'. I'm accustomed in my reviews to trying to pick out individual flavours from the swirling complexity of a malt that overwhelms my senses. This is exactly the opposite. As I was tasting it I was thinking. 'I suppose you could describe that as apple'. Trying to pick out flavours from the General meh-ness. It's not unpleasant. It's just you barely realise you've started drinking it.
This retails in the UK for about the same price as the 15 year old Solera vat. The 15 is far and away the better whisky. Hell I'd take the standard 12 over this.
If I had to hazard a guess. I'd say to me this feels like Glenfiddich had a bunch of poor casks that the spirit wasn't doing much in. That they knew wouldn't be good enough for their 12 or 15 year olds so they stuck it in some beer casks for a bit and stuck it out there as the experimental series. Hipsters like IPA beer. Grab that hipster dollar!
@Wierdo - 'they knew wouldn't be good enough for their 12 or 15 year olds so they stuck it in some beer casks for a bit and stuck it out there as the experimental series'
Pretty much sums up my instinct around these - same as the Jameson ones. Thanks for taking the hit, as they say; and you never know with these kind of 'one off' bottlings, it might have been really tasty!
@Wierdo Your review is full of potential best quotes on Connosr. « General meh-ness » and « It’s just You barely realise you’ve started drinking it. » are my favorites.