There are many different reasons for chasing a particular bottle of whisky. This here was not only distilled the same year as I was born, but also the same month. In fact, we're within a week of my birth. It also happens to be a gorgeous PX piece so I'm happy that I got my hands on a sample. That should make up this review's bias disclaimer.
Oh man, I love old sherry smell. Absolutely fantastic, and without the feared raisin overload that well-aged PX often brings. Not sure how much time this spent in the PX barrel, but I'm guessing less than 30 years. Nose has plenty of wood spice, a deep and savory fruitiness, bit of citrus and something that borders on a rum-like sweetness. Stone fruits and a little tropical.
Considerable amounts of spice. Thin-ish and dry mouthfeel. Taste has some winey notes, the often-present black winegums, a little earthiness and some tea.
Well, not very long. Losing some of that punchy energy here and turning a bit drier and woody, unfortunately. Nothing out of the ordinary for a 30 year old perhaps, but always a bit disappointing when it happens. At least for me.
Old sherry bottlings are fickle, as usual. Often with superb noses that one could sit and enjoy for hours, but with hints of over-oaking and age-induced dryness always lingering around the corner. This is a great dram, no doubt about it, but I'm extremely curios about the 28 year old version of this, distilled the same day. Maybe two years less is what this would need? That sister cask sadly isn't ex-PX though, so we'll never know for sure what would have happened. Thanks for reading!
83 / 100
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