Review number 3 in this mini series seems a little like Deja vu, last year we had a rather special release from 1994 which was also a Px Finish like this one and boy was it an outstanding dram.. This expression is a little younger and I have great expectations for it so fingers crossed.
This 1998 expression is I believe going to be a future Distillery exclusive, it has matured in bourbon casks for around fifteen and a half years before spending the last three years four months in PX casks..
From what I understand this whisky was actually reduced down to 50% abv before moving into the Px cask for the finishing period, once bottled at 47.2% from cask #99913 this whisky has an age statement of 19yo..
Nose.. This starts off with chocolate, dried fruits and candied orange before a hint of toffee, caramel and soft spices mingle with coffee beans, old leather and a subtle hint of liquorice.
Palate.. Spices and oak come to the front of the queue while the dried fruits, chocolate orange, ripe plum and that bourbon sweetness give this a second wind.
Finish.. Lingering spices..
Thoughts.. This certainly felt a lot softer than I expected, now is that due to the lower abv of the whisky entering the sherry cask ? I’m not sure but after over 3 years in a px cask the sherry influences are not massively dominant.. The bourbon cask still manages to really shine and it almost feels like the finishing period is a lot less than it is, but then maybe that makes for a far more balanced whisky.. This is certainly a whisky that you will want to sit with and really appreciate it over time.. Another winner from the Glen Moray camp..