Enclosed my first impressions, which can certainly change again. A little bit, it is always seen as a comparison to the previous year's bottling Cask 16006 with a whopping 59.6%. Both bottlings are from 2006, are 10 years old and matured in a Sherry Hogshead. That was it but then relatively fast with similarities. First of all, it is noticeable that the new filling 17037 is a lot brighter. While the 2016 was very dark, but could still show many turns, we are now on the road 2017 filling a lot brighter and also has lost the whisky in my opinion, for a age of 10 years already quite a lot of Alc volume. I do not want to rate that any further. While in the nose of the 16006er a lot of orange and rich oak was right at the beginning, the nose is a bit tender and restrained. The classic Sherrynoten are there, but so very different from their predecessors. A little more dusty, set and gentle, he acts despite this brief year already. But then it is also on the viscosity in the glass is another. While I would clearly accept Oloroso in 16006, it could be more like Amontilado or even Palo cortado here. Last but probably not, otherwise the bottle price of just under 80 € might not count. Unfortunately, I have no further information here, but would be grateful for any hints. Some caramel, lemon abrasion and damp forest soil I find in both versions. Very oily in the mouth. The alcohol is there, but super involved. Continue very creamy and not so rough as in the 2016 version. I also miss the central "Camparinote" and some juicy oranges in the mouth. Some mint and black pepper are added after a while. While 2016 is a very strong start, the current version 17037 is a lot tamer and milder. 17037 is drier at the back and has more roasted aromas. The finish is oblique. First it looks like a quick end, but then he comes again and warms up. Then again a dry sweep of oak at the end with some pepper and ginger. Conclusion: First of all, it must be remembered that this OP is "only" a 10-year old whisky. I find both bottlings as very ripe and full. Somehow, OP often succeeds in developing "finished" and interesting and already complex whiskys after a short time. Both have in common that the barrels have done a decent job, but still flash the basic character of OP a bit. For me often - also by the peppery and maritime touch - always a bit like a Talisker without smoke ;-) A comparison to the previous year's filling seems difficult, since it is two separate and in my view absolutely different whiskys. 16006 was rougher, honest, powerful and very own. The new version 17037 is milder, more harmonious and yet has its own character. From the point of view, I would give this version of 2017 a point less than the 2016er version and justify this in that the previous year's version 16006 simply something own and more powerful therefore came, which I personally liked a little better. This special "Campari-O-Note" was already relatively unique. But you also have to like that first. In sum, I would not expect a high-flyer. Finally, a compliment to MoS and OP: Well done! From my side a purchase for the price (top PLV)
Edit: Meanwhile, I feel more in common. The dirty dusty and beguiling sherry note and nose have both of them. Only the 2017 version has something more sensitive.
I then diluted the current filling 17037 with a little water and funnily, he is then despite water again a bit gruff. Sounds not logical, but that was my first impression.
However, I will soon have to initiate another session with both bottling. There is still a lot to discover.