Normally a sulfur note this prevalent would leave me searching for a plant or some other discreet location to dump my drink. However…and this is a big however…there is something that works here. Somewhat of a ‘succeeds in spite of itself’ scenario.
Those in fear of bold sherry…kindly take leave. This is monstrous. 20 years old and I imagine more than a couple of those were spent sucking up grape residue from former sherry wood.
Sulfur. Heavy and brooding. Deeply oiled leather. Beef in burnt teriyaki sauce (over-caramelized sugars…still carrying some salts). Dates or figs or what have you. Cherries in dark chocolate. Think meaty and spicy. Also think: “when baking your fruitcake…be sure to turn the oven off in time”.
Sulfur, meatiness and burnt notes carry through to the palate. The sherry is as dense as a Scottish rain cloud. Heavy toasted sugars.
I realize that some of the afore-said may not give the most favorable impression, but before forming any preconceptions, re-read the ‘however’ that introduces this review.
One final caveat:
Give this whisky a good 15-20 minutes in the glass before devoting time. It needs to open up. I promise you this breathing period will allow a little diffusion of the sulfur flaw, and greatly benefit your enjoyment.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Curt