Looking at three different Port Wood matured drams from @PenderynWhisky, @Springbank1828 and @GlenScotiaMalts - How do they compare?
|Dram||Penderyn Portwood BYO PT237||Springbank Society 15yo||Glen Scotia BYO 14yo|
|Characteristics||50% ABV, Natural colour, NCF||56.2% ABV, Natural colour, NCF||57.8% ABV, Natural colour, NVF|
|Distillery info||This whisky welcomes you with fresh citrus aromas, peaches, apricots and tinned fruit. The soft port character is complemented by gentle notes of creamy toffee, honey and a floral twist. On the palate, raisins appear initially followed by hints of cinnamon and spice, providing a lingering finish to entice you back.||15 years in a fresh port hogshead, distilled May '03, bottled Sep '18||Heavily peated, re-charred American oak hogshead fo 12 years then 18 months in Tawny Port hogshead cask 2017/413/6|
|Appearance||Mid gold in the glass, the palest of the three drams, swirls turn immediately to tears and fall as well spaced thick slow legs.||Dark gold in the glass, swirls leave a thin line on the glass and fall as slow thin legs.||brown in the glass, the darkest of the three drams, swirls again turn immediately to tears and fall as well space thick slow legs.|
|Nose||Wow - huge citrus notes with sweet fruity sweets : pear drops and orange opal fruits.||ABV hits you first on this one, followed by a old leather, plum jam and lots of oak. A little smoke?||Again the ABV hits first of all, then loads of thick sweet strawberry jam and old musty bookshop notes. There's some smoke there in the background.|
|Palate||Thick oily arrival, LOADS of peppery spice, some tropical fruit notes and more sweet and sour citrus - like those jelly orange and lemon slices my grandma used to have!|
A few more sips gives a sweet and sour citrus note - like sweet juicy orange and sour lemons.
|Thick, smooth creamy arrival, full of red fruit jam and a little oak. A little dried fruit?|
A few more sips gives some Campbeltown salt spray and a little smoke too - like a distant bonfire. Leaves a lovely peppery spice on the tongue.
|Again a thick creamy arrival, a lot more smoke on this one then loads of strawberry jam. There's plenty of dried fruit, a little liquorice and that Campbeltown seaweed saltiness.|
A few more sips give some dark fruit notes : date, plum, fig and black cherry - yummy!
|Finish||Medium length peppery spice and that sweet and sour citrus.|
What a yummy dram!
|Long lingering salt and smoke with a little peppery spice. Also get a dry note on this one - a little icing sugar.||Huge drying note on this one - like dry red wine. Peat smoke and salt lingering forever.|
|Overall||OK I'm a Glen Scotia fanboy and I'm biased as I opened this cask and drew the whisky from it before trying it - it is very good. I then brought this bottle home and there's not much left. The Penderyn was the biggest surprise, their standard bottlings are nice enough but this single cask was amazing - sweet and sour citrus notes all the way through - didn't get any dry notes though which was a little strange. Even though it had spent 15 years in a port hogshead the Springbank spirit shone through with this Society release - salt and citrus notes but also a little smoke.|
For an order of preference I'd go Glen Scotia, Penderyn the Springbank but there wasn't a lot in it!