Two very old sherry butt Speyside head to head.  Quite interesting result.

 

 

Carigellachie 33yo 1970 (46%, Murray McDavid, 498b. Mission III)

This is in the Mission III series and dilute to 46%, according to Jim’s tasting note, it was matured in refill sherry butt.  Color: Yellow brown, not that dark to make you think it’s sherry cask matured. Very oil, beautiful legs.  Nose: so nice, venella, candy.  Fruity.  Quite strong in nose, very robust.  You can get some creaming and white chocolate nose to tell it comes from refill sherry cask.  Palate: mild yet lively.  Sea? A little bit salty? Strange.  Short finish, a little bit bitter.  Score: 89.  Almost, 90 really.  I think it will become even better for a few days. 

 

 

Millburn 34yo 1967/2001 (50%, OMC, 552b.)

This sample comes from Bird, thanks!  Jim Murray gave it 94 and said it’s the best example of sherry cask mature malts.  Let’s see how it goes.  Color: Dark brown.  A sherry monster.  Nose: lot’s chocolate at the first.  Beautiful legs.  Very oil.  Hint of fresh fruit, orange, balanced with sherry very well.  Probably the first time I like the heavy sherry nose.  Palate: orange chocolate, strong body.  Burning.  Finish: very long.  Beautiful  Adding water get more orange.  A great sherry monster.  Score: 90.  The winner, I almost want to give it 91.
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