Review 2017-028 «Specifics» Single malt • Vintage 1997 • Bottled in 2016 • 53.5% Alcohol • Matured for 19 years in a sherry butt (#7157) • Non-chill filtered • Natural coloured • Sourced from Glenrothes (Speyside, Scotland) • Bottled by Whiskybroker.co.uk • Creetown • Scotland • Limited availability (643 bottles) • Not available anymore (price was ±€100) • Whiskybase #88047
STORY. Another 1997er sourced from Glenrothes, it must be some fine vintage year, and this time bottled by the lads from Whiskybroker. Looking at the colour I suppose we can already activate the sherry-bomb-alert! This (yet) small independent bottler has already brought us many excellent single cask whiskies and nowadays also several rums.
APPEARANCE. Simple and informative design, colour of the contents is dark brown and clearly the natural colour of a heavily-sherried whisky.
NOSE. This is indeed intense. Smoked wood, molasses, caramel, citrus fruits, and tobacco directly enter the nose. At first nosing it comes across quite acrid. (water) Yeah, we have tamed the beast. Beautiful oloroso, many spices including speculoos spices, cinnamon, pepper, aniseed, cardamon, and 5-spices mix. Not really a prominent fruity side to this dram, although I find some hints to mulled wine. Nutty finish, like a good aged port, and many sherry wood spices.
TASTE. All about pleasant tannins, all the usual sherry wood spices, old wood and some cinnamon. (water) Opens up completely with a surprisingly smokey site with smoked wood and camphor. Furthermore, there are spices (pepper, chilli), dried and fresh stone fruits, and some kind of soapy note. Not completely unpleasant, but still a bit of an off-note. Finishes on camphor and wood spices.
VERDICT. As expected, some heavy sherry influence. At least, we did not activate the alarm for nothing. It needs some water to open up, but then you get a very spicy, slightly smokey sherry bomb.
Recommended for cravers of heavy sherried drams that do not mind too much about the fruity side.
Thanks to Henri for the sample!
What others say
- @Whiskybase: Mean score of 88.57 (89 votes)