Willie JJ wrote:Interesting what SoMK says about batch 15. I hate to condemn a dram and after a lot of time with 15 I grew to like it. It is sulphury though. It just depends whether or not you're ok with that. Sounds like 19 and 21 are better. 22 has a sulphur note again. Not bad, but very noticeable.
Well, my singer just left me with a taste of the 22 she bought today in waitrose. I've currently got it glass to glass with the much lauded 20...
the 20 has a slightly drier nose , maybe more oaky/grassy/ peaty...but only a touch. the 22 seems a tad more fruity on the nose, but there's little in it. the 22 tastes a tad more winey and I detect at ouch o perfume...like those parma violet biscuits, or even white chocolate.
the 20 sipped immediately after the 22 gives me wine gums, a pleasant note which lingers. the finish has a hint of madeira sponge cake.
Back to the 22...a hint of orange, and of ginger nuts(the biscuits!) on the finish...
Willie, I'm drammed if I can find an offnote in either! I wonder where is this sulfur of which you speak? I cannot find any lit matches, or eggs...but I did a slight hint of acetone sniffing the bottle of the 22 immediately after opening(Those waxed up a'bunadhs are such fun to open!) but this softens.
This A/B review has been great fun! Each is subtly different. the 22 perhaps `a tad more complex.
Both are hugely enjoyable IMHO!