Insider knowledge: Goldlys 12 Year Old Oloroso Finish (1st Release) whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Belgium. If distilled in America the spelling would be Goldlys 12 Year Old Oloroso Finish (1st Release) whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Vanilla custard and dried grass with rye and wood spices.
Palate: Sweet and creamy caramel, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Finish: Gentle oak and vanilla.
Overall: A smooth and spicy Belgian whisky. Interesting stuff.
The nose reminds me of a rye whiskey, which should come as nor surprise. Some dried fruit (raisins and dades) and candied sugar. But also something that reminds me of carton.
It is sweet and creamy on the palate, starts off juicy but then dries quickly. Again loads of rye. If I had tried this blind, I would have confused it for an American whiskey. Spicy on nutmeg and cloves. Hints of coffee.
The finish is more of the same, but does allow the fruit the final word.
Goldlys is a nice middle-of-the-road whisky, without being extraordinary. But the American brothers do better, I feel.
- Mark Dermul, Toshan Man
19th April 2013