...and I got rewarded! No sulphur at all, actually no other flaw either. This is a fine combo of peat, malt and sherry that is well integrated and very quaffable when the days gets shorter and the leafes are falling. A good alternative to the overpriced sherried stuff from Islay, for sure!
[September, 2019] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my review notes and score. Very quaffable when it is dark outside...
The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers a delicate peaty-sherry-spicy profile that is well balanced and without any off-note. It is not the most complex one but it got power, freshness and boldness enough to be above average. I really like to take a long sniff before the next sip, that is what a nose should be all about... Some water opens up the nose even more.
The taste is nicely balanced with sherry-induced, malt-driven and peaty flavours in perfect harmony. The sweetness of the malt, the sour notes of the wine, the bitter peaty ones and the spices of the wood form a quite complex tasting experience with a lot of delicious nuances to explore. No flaw that I can find. Some water smoothes the dram and makes it even more quaffable, dangerously! I like it best when reduced to about 48% abv.
The initial mouthfeel is warming and a little coating without distracting moments. The finish is long and gets sweeter over time with again no bitter-drying-astringent feelings, it simply vanishes like a flawless dram should do. I like it!