Bought – Online Whisky Auction, 31st December 2013
85/100 – Whisky Bible 2006
A discontinued blend, this 12yo version of Pinwinnie Royale is one of two principal releases, the other being a no-age statement (but there might also be a ‘deluxe’ version of the latter, which I’ve also seen).
Although both these mini bottles are the same 12yo, they have a difference. One expresses its age in Roman numerals (XII) and the other in standard metric (12). The Roman numerals are what I’m used to seeing on a bottle of Pinwinnie. The bottle with the ‘12’ on it says on the label that it was imported to Kentucky. This makes me wonder if the label was changed from XII to 12 for the American market. Perhaps Roman numerals aren’t big in America?!
Getting a good mark in the Whisky Bible 2006, Jim Murray says of this 12yo blend “finely-textured and attractive throughout with great spice finale”. Sounds nice to me! My difficulty now is deciding which bottle to drink and which one to keep in my collection. XII or 12? Hmmm.