I bought this bottle on a whim a few years ago when it came out and just never got round to opening it. It’s NAS so obviously comes with a story but in this case quite a unique one. This is a sherry matured blend crafted by Whyte & Mackay’s Richard Patterson which has been aged in Scotland and then finished for a year in PX casks in Spain by González Byass, a well known sherry producer.
So this technically classifies as a World Whisky, as to be a Scotch whisky is needs to be matured and bottled in Scotland. I felt compelled to try this oddity and it was cheap enough at the time so I got a bottle, but then I got other bottles, and other bottles and so on, and just never got round to this. Until now…..
NAS. 41.3%ABV. Matured in sherry butts and finished in PX sherry casks.
Nose: Honey. Dates. Fig jam. Nutty wood. Woodspice. Creamy malt. Cacao. Corn syrup. Dusty books. Slightly leathery and waxy.
Palate: Watery. Orange peel. Figs. Cloyingly sweet sherry. Nutty wood.Burned plastic.
Finish: Medium. Vicks cough syrup. Nutty wood. Fig jam. Date honey.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: No
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
The nose itself was actually quite pleasant and does earn this some merit, and I would probably choose this over many of the bad whiskies I’ve tried just on account of that. However on the palate it feels watery and sickeningly sweet, not pleasant at all, kind of tastes like a high proof version of cheap, artificially sweetened sherry.