Tonight I'll be doing something difficult but pleasant - reviewing one of my all-time favorites. I had this at a club tasting a few years ago and was instantly hooked. I've managed to chase down a few more bottles since then, but I'm definitely suffering the ever so common single cask curse, where your favorite bottle might be discontinued since long and the experience ephemeral.
The nose is peculiar. It's definitely leaning heavily towards rum. Marmalade and sugar. Not a rum-finished whisky, but actual rum. It has more to it though - sandalwood, apples and vanilla ice cream. Bit of dessert wine. For a PX finish, it doesn't quite cross the line into the deep raisin notes. It stays on the sweet-but-fresh side.
Quite a bite with some woody tones up front. Sweetness, of course. A little dry wood spice, a good bit of sherry influence. Wine gums. Nice and thick mouthfeel.
The sherry becomes more apparent the further we go along. Wood spice, dried fruits. Warmth builds up slowly. At the very end, the dessert wine from the nose makes a loud comeback, nicely closing the circle. The taste of sugar and honey stays on the tongue a long time, and some waxiness lingers in the roof of the mouth.
I think this is absolutely fantastic. Perfectly balances the powerful sweetness and turns out to be quite complex, taking you on a very pleasant ride while enjoying it. It was my first PX whisky when I originally tried it a few years back, and I’ve intentionally sought out many other PX variants since. There are some good ones out there, but this one is hard to beat when you're in the mood for a decadently sweet whisky. Absolutely a lot of sweetness and it might be too much of the good stuff at times, you have to pick your moments for sure. To the top tier of the scoring list you go, anyway!
94 / 100
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