Quite a few Glenlivet 2007 on first fill sherry have been bottled recently, all of them from the warehouses of Signatory. Van Wees bottled a few, including sisters casks #900148 and #900149 at cask strength. I just tried the former and it was absolutely delicious. Time to try the other, at a slightly higher (!) ABV.
Again a very dark and sweet nose, as was to be expected. Plums, raisins, cola candy, dark chocolate, cherries, leather and orange marmalade. Soft on the spices, but the nose already reveals the very high ABV. Well, 66.6%, that’s devilish, no?
Oily to creamy on the palate. Immediately piquant on chili peppers, cloves, nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon. Once the spices have cooled down a bit, you taste the dark and sweet fruit from the nose, with an added bitterness of grape pith. Some quinine as well. But it does turn pretty dry from the first sip on.
That continues in the very long finish, leaving the mouth parched and making me reach for a glass of water, something I do not really want to do after a whisky.
Clearly these two casks were identical twins. But his is the dry one of the two and hence just a bit less. Still a grand score, obviously. A devilish monster.