This is another sample received from the Celtic Whiskey Club and on the face of it, Egan’s Fortitude single malt should have a lot going for it: ✅ Non-chillfiltered ✅ 46% ABV ✅ Full maturation in Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks The nose started off well enough with a pleasing smell of Cadbury’s fruit & nut chocolate and Christmas mince pies. However, I found the palate was hot and spirity and seemed to betray a rather young distillate and the sherry maturation delivered a dry, musty, tannic taste. The finish continued the hot and tannic theme, with pepper, strong tea, and nut being the flavours that were most prominent for me. Overall it was pretty unremarkable, bordering on not nice. There was something harsh and young about it, and the full maturation in PX seemed a vain attempt to knock the edges of it rather than a thoughtful means of achieving balance or complexity.