Slyrs Distillery Tasting Notes

Posted: August 23, 2014 in Germany, World Whiskies & Spirits

Slyrs Sherry Edition No1 PX Finished 46%

Tasted: Jan 2014

Nose: Quite malty with confected, boiled sweet sherry and coffee. Youthful, oily, rose petal marc-like notes mingle with charred wood and clean sherry.

Palate: Soft, full and malty with ark treacle and an almost dark rye-like note. Quite balanced with the sherry in the background.

Finish: Ok length, a little ear and youthful with the rose petal and treacle notes lingering.

Conclusion: The nose is pretty much all cask but the palate has a better balance.

Slyrs Sherry Edition No1 PX Finished 46%

Re-Tasted: Jan 2014

Nose: Burnt, sulphurous and industrial with burnt ginger spices.

Palate: Oily, cardboardy and again industrial.

Finish: Short, spirity and raw with a damp ashy finish.

Conclusion: oooh my favourite!!!

Slyrs Sherry Edition No1 Amontillado Finshed 46%

Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Burnt earth, liquorice, burnt caramel and herbal rye-like notes. Underneath some sweet honey can be detected but the aromas become increasingly cardboard and industrial.

Palate: Burnt caramel, earth and cardboard! Rough!

Finish: Industrial and acerbic.

Conclusion: Lacking any charm whatsoever.

Slyrs Port Edition No2 Port Finished 46%

Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Quite Industrial with burnt earth, toffee, malt and coffee. With time a touch of barley and creamy American oak appears.

Palate: Hard and industrial with burnt earth, caramel and cardboardy notes.

Finish: Hard, alcoholic and mouth-watering with brittle barley notes.

Conclusion: Lacking any sweetness to balance its industrial character.

Slyrs Sherry Edition No3 PX Finished 46%

Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Quite earthy to begin with, followed by hard barley. The aromas become quite peppery and sub-industrial in character with hints of boiled sweets, violets and a touch of bitter caramel/ coffee.

Palate: Opens with hard barley and sub-industrial notes. Lightly oiled with a touch of apricot but those burnt caramel notes are building.

Finish: Quite bitter and hot with hints of herbal rye-like notes along with a little honey which attempts to balance.

Conclusion: Quite hard work!

Slyrs Sauternes Finished Edition No2 46%

3 year old Whisky, finished for 14 months in ex-Sauternes

Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Young and oily with hints of burnt toffee and fragrant barley. It becomes very sweet and creamy as the oak arrives. Quite herbal too.

Palate: Full of toffee. The oak is definitely in control. Maybe a hint of barley, herbs and citrus appear but it’s hard to get past the oak.

Finish: Finally the citrus and alcohol come through but the sweet oak hangs in there.

Conclusion: I’m sure there is some spirit underneath all that oak!

Slyrs Sherry Edition No3 Oloroso Finished 46%

Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: A little soapy and herbal with honey, barley and hints of burn coffee grains. Slightly industrial with a developing perfumed note which adds to the oddness of the nose.

Palate: Full and toffee’d with hints of burnt toffee/ coffee and a light sulphur blemish. Actually the blemish becomes quite intrusive and bitter.

Finish: Bitter!

Conclusion: An odd but not unpleasant nose, but a sulphur ruined palate.

Slyrs 2011 (3 year old) Bavarian Single Malt 43%

Dist: 2011 Btl: 2014

Aged in new 225ltr oak casks

Nose: Very toffee’d and very sweet with hints of barley. However the Bourbony oak dominates. With time some sweet honey and sweet rum like dried fruit appears.

Palate: Opens with a little more barley along with a touch of crisp citrus, which keeps the oak at bay to a certain extent but the toffee comes through on the middle.

Finish: Long and herbal with a freshening citrus finish.

Conclusion: The palate displays a better balance than the nose but it’s still too oaky. Rum finished perhaps?

Slyrs Cask 2011 (4 year old) Cask Strength 56.4%

Dist: 2001 Btl: 2015

Tasted: Feb 2016

Nose: Dense Oloroso dried fruit and chocolate spices. Quite duty and very cask orientated.

Palate: Gently peated with chocolaty Oloroso and youthful spirit notes. Somewhat lacking in integration.

Finish: Medium length with lingering dried fruit and peat smoke.

Conclusion: Please, please, please, leave it in the cask!



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