OP is one of the surprises of last year. I was given a bottle. I was also given one years ago, in my whisky infancy, and it hadn't really done anything for me,.
What a pleasant surprise! Tangy and sweet - " a very nice aperitif" as my Italian bro - in -law said at Christmas. A very fresh whisky...transparent flavours - you don't have to work too hard to enjoy it. It slips easily over the toungue - light but flavourful - leaving a long aftertaste.
As an islay freak who currently has strong ABV Ardbegs and Laphroaigs to hand, i'd rate OP as one of my absolute favourite "light" malts, along with glenmornbgie 10, which never disappoints.
N20 Salt hints with sweeter sherry notes
T21 Light feel but quite zingy.Small doses of salt,spice and nutty sherry. Vanilla/honey sweetness
F21 Medium length; toffee, salt, nuts
B21Pleasant enough, great when you're in the mood. Early evening fare. A lighter, delicate whisky somewhere between Glenmorangie and Bunnahabhain.
Nose: sweet, red fruits, malt, almond, later even more sweetness
Taste: fruity, malt, a bit tingling, some red fruits
Finish: a bit tingling, malt, dry, medium to long, fruity, some almond?, gets dryer towards the end
I didn't care for the 'Farclas 17 when I first tried it, took my a while to appreciate the subtle sherryness of this Speysider as I'm more use to the bigger sherry bruisers of Speyside like Longmorn & Mortlach.
There's nothing really remarkable about the OP 12 though it's a nice afternoon swill. I really like the Pulteney 16 Whisky Galore, a tasty and malty coastal whisky.
I've never tried Old Pulteney, although the PALCB has it on closeout right now at about $30 with a few bottles available at a store near me so I might just buy one to try when I start drinking again in March. If you're still curious then, let me know.
I stand by my previous comment. The OP gets better with age and the 17 is a lovely drop. I'd take it over the Glenfarclas (which BTW I wouldn't refuse by any means )
Toffee comes to mind when I think of the OP17 - sightly salted toffee.
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