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November 21, 2017


Two whiskies of Jerez

It’s while in Jerez last week that beyond the terrific finos, palos and amontillados (not too forget Sanlucar’s manzanillas, a proper steal at between 6 and 10€ a bottle), we came across some rare whiskies ‘made’ by some of the larger bodegas. Of course, we couldn’t not try them…

Nomad Outland Whisky (41.3%, OB, Gonzalez Byass, blended whisky, +/-2017)

Nomad Outland Whisky (41.3%, OB, Gonzalez Byass, blended whisky, +/-2017) Three stars and a half A strange idea, some Scottish blend finished for one year in some PX casks, right in Jerez at Gonzalez Byass instead of in Scotland. Does that make it a Spanish whisky? Not too sure, but it’s advertised as ‘breaking the unwritten rules of whisky’. Colour: amber. Nose: rather fresh and rounded, with notes of ripe pears, pear liqueur, a little caramel, ad getting drier after five seconds, rather on hay and English tea (breakfast blend). A rather pleasant nose, not too fluffy. Then rather walnut cake, with some toffee and fudge. Mouth: really nice, on mocha, cappuccino, raisins, fudge, a touch of nutmeg, bergamot, a wee bit of caraway… Good work by Gonzalez’s own Richard Paterson, Antonio Flores. Finish: unexpectedly long, on pear cake, raisin, and a little cinnamon. Salted butter fudge in the aftertaste. Comments: some excellent surprise, and without any cloyingly sticky PX notes (whisky’s newer botox). SGP:551 – 84 points.

Valdespino ‘Malt Whisky’ (43.5%, OB, blended malt, +/-2017)

Valdespino ‘Malt Whisky’ (43.5%, OB, blended malt, +/-2017) Two stars This is a blend of +/-80% Spanish malt whisky (DYC?) with +/-20% Scotch malt, further aged in truly old ex-solera oloroso and palo cortado butts for around ten years. Not bespoke seasoned sherry casks! Colour: gold. Nose: surprisingly light, cake-y, dry, with notes of cornflakes, cut grass, and a little burnt caramel. It’s easy, rather simple, and rather in blend territories instead of malt. Reminds me of VAT69. Mouth: rather fair, with cereals, touches of molasses, toasted bread, a little chlorophyll. Gets then dry, grassier, a little burnt. Burnt bread forgotten in the toaster, walnuts. Finish: medium, dry. More grass, burnt caramel, toasted bread. Comments: quite good, but dispensable. To be sipped while in Jerez, while admiring some of those wonderful black sherry botas. SGP:351 - 74 points.






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