Ho ho ho! What makes a whisky a "Christmas" whisky? We'll see!
1.0 (Deep copper)
Coffee, syrup, cooked fruits, a bit of solvent. Rich but a bit untamed. With water - more nutty notes.
A lot of spice. Cinnamon (maybe it's the Christmas priming bias speaking?), quite hot. Wine-y. Adding a little water obviously takes away the worst of the hotness but sadly also some of the nice cinnamon spiciness and fullness.
Fragrant, fabric softener and overall artificial notes as well as oak and more sherry notes leaning towards wine. Considerably less "artificial" after some water, more classic sherried whisky notes.
Not impressed by the first round, so I added water and let it rest for a while more before going at it again. Can't say that it surprised me after a few drops of water though, as the whole thing was just turned down a notch without really bringing out something new. I gotta let the motherland down a bit here and give Santa -19 a "decent" rating. I'll enjoy the glass but won't be on the lookout.
64 / 100