The current bottle seems to be have lost the sherry notes that I could smell/taste in the first bottle (I have had a good sniff at the empty bottle to confirm - there were still a couple of drips languishing in the bottom). The peat and heather are still there, but the missing sherry notes have moved my appreciation of this whisky from "delighted with" to "its OK".
Please tell me that I am not going mad to think the two bottles are different.
The label code on the bottle I enjoyed is L1065G L11 14:12 09:35 and on the other bottle L0873H L11 28:10 08:13 - can anything be deduced from this information? I can guess at the date and time info, but as for the rest I have no clue.
That said, give the whisky another go when a little more has been taken off the top.
It drinkable, but somehow it really has a much darker body than expected.
I like it though - I get the "heather" behind the sherry, with underneath it all this dark, volcanic smoke. Huge range of flavours.
I've found these variations to be particularly prevalent in peated whiskies.
Borgom, I like your idea of getting another bottle from the same batch. I think the bottle I liked came from TWE, but I bought it a year ago, so the chances of them having more in stock is slim. I will ask them; you never know.
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