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Opened my bottle of OP21. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. In fact, I've actually not always liked some of the bottles that Murray has lauded and heaped praise on, in the past, and so my hopes were not up terribly high.
Well, Murray was right this time. The nailed it, lock stock and both smoking barrels. A cracking dram, to be sure. I smuggled a 100ml shot bottle washed and then refilled with OP21 into a movie theater last night. It was fun to take nips while watching Silver Linings Playbook with my gal on Valentines Day after I'd made her dinner and driven us to the theater.
Silver Linings started out slow, arduous, and psychologically claustrophobic. I would have been bored and even irritable if not for the whisky. Since I only had 100ml with me, I let the OP21 flood over my tongue like mouthwash, swishing it around. I just wanted to stretch out the fantastic flavors as long as possible, kind of like that German reviewer on Youtube that reviews fine scotch for The Whisky Store. I never would have thought to drink whisky like that if I hadn't seen him do it first. It's kind of revolting to see somebody swishing around whisky like mouthwash, with big round eyes wide with appreciation, especially with the sound levels so high with the swishing sound effects, but, hey, it's actually quite an effective way to get all of the nuances and flavors from a really fine single malt.
The 100 ml bottle was empty after about fifteen minutes, despite my efforts to get the most from every last drop. Even after the bottle was dry, that OP21 finish on my tongue lasted for another fifteen minutes or so, and by then the film's plot had started to pick up the pace.
Thanks, OP! You saved me from dreading the possibility that I was going to have to sit in the theater with a hideous chick flick for two hours of torture. As it turned out, the movie wasn't torture. It ended up being a fairly good romantic pick, especially for Valentines Day.
As for my tasting notes: I'm sure you've heard dozens of noses, palettes, and finishes about this whisky by now, so I won't belabor the point with redundancies. Suffice it to say, this one's a keeper.