Young PX Done Well

High Coast Berg

Reviewed by victor


"Origins" is a rather new series from High Coast (formerly known as Box), with Berg being the last one in the lineup. It's a first-fill bourbon aged and Pedro Ximénez finished whisky with an average age of 6.54 years. High Coast is very transparent with the facts on their homepage, and a complete cask list plus other interesting info is available for anyone curious about weight, volume, saturation, yeast types and other nerdy details. I think this sounds very interesting on paper, but I've also had a few disappointing experiences with PX finished where the result has been overcooked and too spicy from the intense sherry. Here we go!

1.4 (Tawny, no added coloring)

Nose

Burnt sugar, winegums. Doesn't let you stick your nose too far into the glass as there's a little sting hidden under the first layer of sweetness. Where there's PX, there has to be raisins, and we have 'em here as well. Not too much though, just a bit of depth to the sugary nose.

Palate

A tad spicier than the nose. Nice thick and creamy mouthfeel, a little dry, tons of sweetness. Candy, citrus and tea.

Finish

Initial spice kick that fades out into a long and warm finish. Sweet with a typical PX dryness at the end.

Oh man, this is (young) PX done well. No signs of raisins taking over, not too spicy. Sweet with a nice balance, consistent and enjoyable. Not a ton of complexity but I don't see that as a huge minus here. Making whisky this young is treading a thin line between boring and rushed, but High Coast makes this work out very well. Price is good too, and that's hard to ignore for something this tasty. What would happen with another few years in the cask? Perhaps even more rounded flavors, but if 5-6 years made the whisky this flavorful, the line of "too much sherry" would probably have been dangerously close.

Score

88 / 100
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