Sherry Train to Spicetown

The Cigar Malt Cheiftain's 1997 22y

Reviewed by victor


Somewhat of a focal point at this year's Cinderella Whisky Fair in Sweden, this whisky had people line up at opening time or perhaps anxiously hope that there would be a few bottles left until their visit. Many happy customers and many broken hearts. The post-fair flipping price has reflected the hype as well. Rumor says the 21 year old counterpart is Mortlach, rumor has it that this is Morthlach as well.

1.7 (Burnt umber)

Nose

A sweet beast of a sherry bomb. More nuts than fresh fruits. Sandalwood, toffee, milk chocolate and a little spicy kick. Beautiful nose, if one surrenders unconditionally to the deep sherry indulgence.

Palate

Spicy and full. A bit citric on the tongue, and one has to fight a little with the initial burn. Oily and thick. It's hard to pick up any specific and clear notes, but there are a lot of hints. Dark chocolate, vanilla, pepper, nuts, oranges, wood.

Finish

Long, chest-warming, sweet and ending on a lingering dry note.

There are no options but all aboard the sherry train to Spicetown. As long as that's where you want to go, it's a fantastic whisky that has quite a lot of complexity to offer despite its obvious theme . Probably polarizing, but evidently with a cult following already. Lovely!

Score

92 / 100
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