PX

Review: Westland Eureka Cask American Single Malt Whiskey by Jason Hambrey

ABV
56%
Aging
34 Months; PX Sherry Cask
Recipe
100% Malted Barley (5 malts)
Distiller Westland (Seattle, Washington)

I tried this bottle and really liked it, because it is so deeply sherried. The flavour is mostly from the cask, but this is a nice sherry cask! It was bottled exclusively for Eureka burger.

Bottled non-chill filtered and without caramel colouring.


Review (2018)

  • Batch: Cask 311

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2015

I really liked this cask, just because it is so deeply sherried. Loads of sweet rancio, dried fruit, baking spices, and honey. It’s quite cask driven, but there is some roasted rice and soy notes too – when you dig deeper into these you start to see the grain bill of westland poking through nicely. It seems very asian-style to me, with buckwheat noodles and five-spice coming in beside the rice and soy. The palate follows on from the nose, with rich sherry notes. It doesn’t vary much from the nose, except a bit more defined spice character and pronounced sugar caramel. It’s quite cask driven, but it’s nice sherry, and a nice cask, and sometimes that’s just what I’m in the mood for.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: N/A


Review: Tullibardine 500 Sherry Cask Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky by Jason Hambrey

ABV
43%
Aging
Finished in sherry casks
Recipe
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Tullibardine (Blackford, Scotland)

This name of this whisky, 500, is referencing the size of the finishing sherry casks - 500 litres. Most of the sherry casks used to finish the whisky are PX.


Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2015

The nose is lightly fruity – peaches, stewed berries, malt, sherry aromas, and some strange farmy aromas I don’t love. Vanilla, light malt, rolled oats, dried corn, figs, tomato salsa. Light brown sugar. The palate is fairly malty, with a touch of earthy barley before some vanilla, tannin, and dried fruits come through. Better on the palate than the nose. A white wine floral character. Finishes with sherry, light rancio, nuts, orgeat, cinnamon, burnt match, and clove. Dry.

Based on the nose alone, I didn’t expect something quite this nice – but it did well! If the nose were more alive this might be up a few marks.

Value: Low, at $87 - you can do better for the price.


Review: Benriach Heredotus Fumosus Aged 12 Years Single Malt Scotch Whisky by Jason Hambrey

ABV
46%
Aging
12 Years; Finished in PX Casks
Recipe
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Benriach (Moray, Scotland)

Another peated Speyside malt from Benriach - a bit older than Curiositas and finished in Pedro Ximinez sherry casks. Natural color (and pretty red!) and non chill-filtered. People tend to be divided on PX finishes for peat - it is a very sweet sherry, so it adds a lot of sweetness to the blend and some might think that it clashes with the peat - while in many cases it often is trying to balance out the peat.


Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: 2014/03/05 16:51 LH30226

  • Bottling Date: 2014

Light apple, rancio, fruitiness, cigar ash, apple seeds - complex and interesting on the nose with a good mix of light fruit and heavier sherry and smoke. A few meaty off notes, unfortunately. The smoke is sharp and lightly bitter which doesn’t quite fit in with the sherry. Does the sherry or the peat win out (you can tell from the natural colour that there’s quite a bit of sherry in this!)? On the palate, they are both present, though I'm not convinced with the pairing here. A bit flat, though I like the finish playing off the spice and the drying of the wood. Malt comes through again at the end.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, at $78.