Tasting note: Edradour 2002 (14yo, Ibisco Decanter)

Color: Chestnutoloroso sherry

Nose: Pungent spiciness in the foreground, the sherry not that present at first. Gets rounder after a couple of minutes in the glass. More sherry now as I begin to smell sweet notes, most notably dried dark fruits. I'm inclined to describe the nose as "peppery sweetness".

Taste: Intense, there is that pepper again, accompanied by tobacco. Definitely a lot of sherry, too. Plums, ripe fruits.

Finish: Long, spicy and slightly bitter (tobacco) with a tad of dark chocolate.

Comments: Rich taste, quite spicy compared to other sherried whiskies. The addition of water takes some of the spicy edge off by pushing the tobacco and pepper notes off their first-row seats, leaving room for espresso and toffee to shine through. This is a fine cask strength whisky indeed.

(If you're looking for a cask strength sherry bomb that is less spicy and more affordable, give the Aberlour a'bunadh a try.)

Rating: I rated this whisky 83 out of 100.
(Nose 22, Taste 21, Finish 20, Balance 20)

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Tasting note: Glenmorangie Signet

Color: Russetmuscat

Nose: Very round indeed, the alcohol not too present, with sherry, cocoa and vanilla. After a couple of minutes in the glass, a first sip and taking a deep breath, a fruity note emerges. Yellow fruits come to mind, more reminiscent of apricot jam than oranges.

Taste: The cocoa smell turns into a milky chocolate taste, with a slight bitterness hinting at cappuccino. More spicy than you would have expected after the sweet smell.

Finish: Long finish with more bitterness, milk chocolate turns into dark chocolate.

Comments: Elegant presentation with a beautiful bottle design. Quite pricey too, unfortunately. Make no mistake, this is a fine whisky, but at a price of EUR 130+ as of this writing you should be able to buy a more affordable whisky of comparable quality.

Rating: I rated this whisky 86 out of 100.
(Nose 23, Taste 22, Finish 20, Balance 21)

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