The Cigar Malt Cheiftain's 1997 22y

Sherry Train to Spicetown

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)


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.


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.


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!


92 / 100
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