60.1% PX Puncheon - Specially selected for Nickolls & Perks
A shop-exclusive single cask release by UK retailer, Nickolls & Perks.
Whilst prices of GlenDronach single casks seem to be rising faster than a bunch of helium balloons on a hot summers day, the price of this one appears to have wavered and stayed very reasonable - which is very welcomed. This particular one is 11 years old and was matured in a Pedro Ximénez sherry Puncheon.
Appearance: Light-medium ginger. Thin & oily legs run down the glass at a fair pace.
Nose: Heaps of fruity sherry and biscuit notes. Let it sit in the glass for a few minutes and spiced toffee, raisins, and baked apple appear. With water, the malty-biscuit increases and the toffee starts to take on a creamy, buttery note and begins to thicken-up.
Palate: Sweet and lively with crackling chilli. This is 60.1%, don’t forget, and it’s really hitting you with everything it’s got. It needs water. A few drops (quite a few drops), and the whole scene changes. The sweetness stays but is now more buttery and allows the sherry to showcase itself with a big “hello”. The toffee picked up on the nose is there and happily mingles with the sherry. There’s also a nice nuttiness and everything seems a lot more focussed. Even more time in the glass and it seems progressively more creamy with dark fruit gums, chopped nuts, and brown sugar. Water is most definitely your friend here – which is a bonus, as you end up getting a lot more than 70cl out of the bottle 😊
Finish: Long, oily & sweet. Without water, it’s a bit too aggressive, but with water it’s quite delightful. It leaves a flavoursome & warming cake spice sweetness with some cracked black pepper-tingle.
Conclusion: This is an 11yr old Single cask, and for £75 is a steal. In a blind taste, I would have said this was more like an Oloroso cask, and not a PX as it’s quite nutty. But it is quite young so maybe that’s why. And you can really play around with water – which it takes beautifully. Give it time in the glass to breathe, and a few drops of water.
For me, this is a no-brainer and I will definitely be buying a bottle of this.
Available on the Nickolls & Perks website for £75 – while stocks last..