...and indeed it is! This is a flawless and greatly balanced refill sherry maturation with all the fine aromas and flavours present that one would expect. No spikes or "build in" special kicks, just a honest and decent dram that charms both my olfactory cells and taste buds. Nice stuff that I could quaff all night long, really...
The colour is chestnutoloroso sherry and the nose offers a fine old style sherry profile that is in balance with fruity and creamy distillate-driven aromas. No off-note, all is very delicate and subtle. Some great OBFs are released with some drops of water.
Multi-layered and perfectly balanced on both sherry-induced and Glenrothes signature malt flavours in an appropriate spicy wooden structure. No flaw that I can find. Water releases some more fruity flavours (berries, actually) and more bitter wooden notes. I like the neat dram best.
The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating without distracting moments. The finish is long and gets more spicy with a minor bitter-drying end (tannins). Water reduces the length of the finish, unfortunately.