Region – Speyside – 61% ABV
hon·or (änər): as accepted by me when I am asked to be *the* blogger to review all 25 Scotch Whisky Advent calendar drams by the good people that put this whole fancy thing together:
Con·fu·sion (kənˈfyo͞oZHən): as defined by me when it comes to Advent calendars. What does this Jew know from Advents and such?
Actually, I know quite a lot. Being that we Jews are the vast minority basically everywhere other than New York and Israel, and that Christianity is ubiquitous and Christmasness is the law of the land from Oct 1 – Dec 26, there’s simply no dodging knowledge of Christmas customs. I don’t knock such traditions. They’re quite beautiful, in fact. I may not follow them, but I do see the beauty.
We’re a strong group of men and women though, right? We laugh at 61% ABV – HA!
On the nose — Initially, it’s a bit sharp on the nose but after a few minutes, it’s still a little sharp on the nose. That said, let’s give a puff of air into the glass to dissipate the alcohol and see what happens…
Oh, wow, a wonderful sherry richness comes through! Orange and black pepper marmalade is to the fore followed by bitter chocolate and baked pears.
Quite a bit of spice on the nose (not heat now, spice) a la Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and, get this, a hint of turmeric!
Finally, pickled walnuts and hints of sour grapes (interesting).
In the mouth — Easy entry, even for 61%. Silky mouthfeel with hints of quince jam, spiced charoset and the flavor of the smell of sweet potpourri that has a good amount of orange in it.
I don’t usually add water but I’m feeling adventurous.
With a few drops: roasted chicory and loads of honeysuckle make themselves known. The richness here is huge without being too sherried/too oaky. In fact, there’s virtually no astringency even as we get to the finish.
Finish — Somewhat short yet there a lasting nuttiness that is quite pleasant.