Another day, another random guess. I found this whisky particularly generic. Without being disrespectful, that usually sends me to Speyside, especially since there is quite a lot of sherry casks being filled around there. Some distilleries thrive on that (Glenfarclas and Glen Grant come to mind).
On the palate I thought this one had quite some age to it. I guessed 20, so I was just far enough off to not get any points on that. Just the region this time. It is a rather full flavoured dram, which made me guess at a higher ABV than it actually is.
Barbecue briquettes at first, the kind that have been used for a couple of times so there is some grease burned into them. Also sherry and banana. Rather light but rich. Sour cherries, some oak and if you leave it for a couple of minutes, milk chocolate.
The palate is a bit thin with a touch of spice. Some sherry in there, but rather musty. I don’t think this is too old and the flavour is a bit ‘generic’. I can’t pin down in what direction I should be searching.
The finish has fruit cake. The sponge cake base with whipped cream and tinned fruit on top (without the tin…). Syrupy.
This is a strange one. At first I wasn’t overly thrilled but as it sat airing a bit, it got better by the minute. The nose had a slight weirdness on the barbecue briquettes. Usually I don’t mind a bit of barbecue flavours in booze. However, this time it didn’t match with the rest.
I went for a Glen Grant at 20 years old and 48%. I’m not sure if such a whisky exists, but I’m not sure whether or not it matters if it actually is a whisky with my kind of guessing.
Anyway, a decent dram, but not one for the wish list.
Balvenie Triple Cask 16yo, 40%, usually around € 80