SMWSA Cask 85.23

SMWSA Cask No. 85.23
Highlands, Speyside (Lossie)
59.4% ABV
Distilled September 1999
$105
US Allocation: Unknown
October 2012 Outturn Release

What the SMWSA Says:
The first notes are typical of ex-sherry wood maturation: lightly sulfury, with struck matches, or as one put it ‘home-made egg mayo with granary bread’. The sulfur notes soon blow off, leaving yeasty, sour pumpernickel bread and baked pecan pie. At natural strength the taste is very sweet, burnt and aggressive. Water re-introduces the sulfur notes, which linger behind burnt toast spread with butter and bramble jelly or plum jam, and later treacle toffee. In the mouth, the texture is thick and smooth, the taste very sweet and slightly bitter, with raw brambles and redcurrants.

Drinking tip: Strolling in an autumnal orchard

What Richard Says:
Nose: Butterscotch and sherry jump way out and overshadow everything else.
Palate: Sweet like dark corn syrup with nutty bread pudding notes.
Finish: Wood sticks to the back of the tongue like glue. Savor roasted meats and a nutty essence on the way out.
Comments: Candy covered whisky? This is a dram for those with a sweet tooth. I myself have a huge sweet tooth so I’m loving this one. Water works well it. It mellows out the alcohol and keeps all the rest.
Rating: Must Try

Review sample provided courtesy of the SMWSA and is available to society members through their website or 800.990.1991.

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