On Sunday 9/9/18, I had a couple of drams of whisky at home.
I started with the Goldlys 12 year old Oloroso Finish (1st Release). This whisky is a 900 bottle limited edition distilled in Belgium by the distiller Filliers. They use two stills; one is a pot still and the other a column. I do not know the order nor the number of plates on the column.
A column still is a way to rapidly distill a product many times. Each plate in the still will cause the distillate to recondense before undergoing a new distillation. Each of these fractions will reduce the number of chemicals that makes its way out. The end result of a column still is a narrow band of chemicals and flavors that are all centered around the boiling point of ethanol. It tends to make flat tasting spirits. A pot still, on the other hand, will only allow the distillate to condense one time at the every end. It tends to create a robust flavor profile.
Anyhow, the Goldlys 12 is a bust. The first thing to hit my nose was an offensive fuel odor. The palate was much better, but I still classify it as bad. There is a sweet sherry flavor that is doing combat with a full bodied grain whisky flavor. The spirit is unbalanced, sharp, and just doesn’t taste very good. Pass.
As for the Scotch:
Scotch: Benrinnes Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
Look: Brownish gold
Nose: Spice, sherry, grain
Palate: Creamy, molasses, oak
Finish: Rubber band
Thoughts: It’s just off
Rank (1-10): 4 (It’s drinkable and if someone buys it for me I’ll be polite and drink it)
Goldlys 12 year old Oloroso Finish 30ml: $5.25
Benrinnes Batch 2 30ml: $Unknown