Review: Goldlys 12 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish [1st Release]

Category: Belgian double still whisky

Origin: Filliers Distillery

Bottling: Official

ABV: 43% ABV

Cost: £50 for 70cl

Score: 78/100

Goldlys PX cask

What they say:

Double still whisky, which utilises both pot and column stills from top Belgian producers Filliers. Both malted barley and selected grains are used. This is the first release of their 12 Year Old Pedro Ximenez Finish, part of the excellent limited edition sherry finishes range.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Rye and sherry are evident as well as the malt wine used in Filliers’ jenevers. Wet, fragrant sea shell and vanilla.

Palate: Sea salt and pepper crisps with a touch of thousand island dressing, allspice, fragrant caramel.

Finish: Pink and Guinea pepper with that malt wine lingering.

Overall: Filliers double still Belgian whiskies are undoubtedly unique, with this slightly sweeter and less herbal offering being no exception.

Goldlys PX TWGlass

What I say:

Following on from the Goldlys 12 Year Old (cask 2600) – Distillers Range I decided to opt for the Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish despite being spoilt for choice as they have also released Manzanilla, Oloroso and Amontillado sherry cask finished versions.

Colour:

Dark amber gold

Nose:

Sweet, currants, juicy fruit aromas, floral, estery (ripe banana), slightly vegetal, old, mouldy and leathery

Taste:

Slightly watery and silky in mouthfeel, this starts of with a hint of prickliness before the bitterness rolls in , some sweet peach and apricot and sweet orange pithy flavours with a little oak wood

Finish:

Bitter treacle and over-caramelised sugar, slight woodiness

Would I buy it again:

Sadly not, I was hoping this would be an improvement on the Distillers Range, however the Goldlys double-still whisky and PX cask seem to have negated each other in this dram and the result is even less impressive. In fact this seems to reveal an even greater level of bitterness.