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Proprietary Barley Spirit Drink

(70cl, 54.6%)
Proprietary Barley Spirit Drink
User Rating
(6 Reviews)

Barley Spirit Drink Bottling Note

The romantically and SWA-appeasingly-named Proprietary Barley Spirit Drink combines Ableforth's love of infusin’ and mixin’ with their passion for whisky and the ways and techniques of yore. Yes, yore.

For this thrilling instalment they turned to Spain, and to the mountainous countryside that surrounds Pajarate. It was here that Paxarette was born; a dark, syrupy liquid made by boiling down grape juice and fortified wine. In the past, the Scotch whisky industry made use of Paxarette to season casks, simply by pouring this rich flavouring into the wood, to help impart a fuller, richer Sherry character into the whisky that was aged in them.

The ancient practice is decidedly cheeky, but it is on that fine line between mischief and genius that Ableforth's loves to tread. Basing their next concoction on this old fashioned style of Paxarette-flavoured whisky, they started with the very finest 10 year old cask strength single malt whisky from Speyside (aged exclusively in the very best Sherry casks – devoid of Paxarette of course). They then made their own version of Paxarette by reducing deliciously creamy Pedro Ximenez Sherry and began using it to “season” the whisky.

They found that adding a little of this Sherry reduction to the whisky made it rather interesting. They then found out that if they tipped in “a whole mess” of boiled down Sherry, it stopped tasting like whisky, and started tasting really, really sweet and creamy. Ableforth's ended up creating a new hybrid super-drink, taking the spicy, malty wholesomeness of malt whisky, and adding in the creamy thickness of Pedro Ximenez Sherry.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Immense Sherry tones on the nose, coupled with juicy, sticky prunes and muscovado sugar. Hints of nutmeg, flour and toffee brittle, with astoundingly creamy notes of Christmas Pudding, laden with brandy butter.

Palate: Sweet, creamy and incredibly juicy. Those Christmas Pudding flavours are so evocative. The palate is chewy and thick, coasting the tongue with oily toffee and molasses. Cinnamon, dates and golden syrup.

Finish: Spicy and warming, notes of sweet espresso coffee and dessert Sherry. Suggestions of rose petal jelly, allspice and baklava.

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User Reviews of the Proprietary Barley Spirit Drink


Very spicy and fiery but it's tasty.

18th December 2013

A good thing

This is sweet and delicious and whiskyish and nice. Don't get the 'rough'ness refered to above.

13th December 2013

Advent candidate(s)?

Perhaps time to have Advent Calendars of the liqueurs? And perhaps for every category? Calvados/Applejack would be full of win, as well. Here's to hoping!

7th December 2012


Great stuff if you approach it on its own. If you start disecting it, and take an evening to get through a glass it starts to fall apart a bit.

If, however, you want to try something different and whisky related, HIGHLY recommended!

27th August 2012


When I tried it 6 months ago it was way too boozy for me, to the point where it would burn my nostrils when I went in for a taste. I revisited it a few days ago and it has pleasantly grown on me. It is very drinkable now.

13th March 2012


When I tried it 6 months ago it was way too boozy for me, to the point where it would burn my nostrils when I went in for a taste. I revisited it a few days ago and it has pleasantly grown on me.

13th March 2012

Ingenius, Superb.

this is one of the most richly flavoured spirits I've ever had. A huge load of sherry rich flavour and just the right level of sweetness.

6th February 2012

Very rough for my taste

I wish I bought the sample first. It's not my cup of coffee, very rough stuff with not much balance. Cannot mess with real sherry cask whisky that can be found for better price...

16th December 2011

Has anyone tasted this?


18th November 2011


Are you getting more in stock???

19th October 2011

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