Character: An intense sherry bottling that is fun. Of course enormously barrel dominated, but anything but monotonous and fortunately with its own characteristic: juicy dark Sherry meets forest floor, gunpowder and a lot of chocolate. The intense oak taste is remarkable in view of the relatively young age.
Rating: It's not a complexity monster, and this intense sherry leaves no chance for a distillate character, but this bottling is definitely fun. For me a great uncomplicated and relatively young 1st Fill Sherry Hogshead enjoyment. A good blind purchase, though priced for a 10-year-old, of course, athletic. The big bottle was a lot of fun and enjoyable. I have good 91 points all around.
Basic flavors: dried fruit, chocolate, oak, gunpowder, forest soil, citrus fruits
Description: Immediately there are intense, dark sherry aromas, chocolate and oak in the nose. Somewhat wet forest soil and gunpowder resonates. Although I do not like sulfur aromas, I really like this mixture here. At no time is the interplay of the different flavors boring because everything harmoniously interacts at eye level. A few grated orange peel provide a pleasant freshness; the basic tone remains dark-dry-fruity and chocolaty.
Basic flavors: sherry, fruits, dried fruits, chocolate, caramel, nut, oak
Description: Even the first drop gives an enormous intensity. The taste is initially full of dark sherry: a lot of juicy plums, raisins, and prunes bring together with overripe dark cherries a lot of fruit on the tongue. This tasty mixture is covered in dark chocolate. For a moment I have to think about liquid caramel. This sweetness of fruit and chocolate is followed by a good portion of nuts and increasingly a surprisingly intense, beautiful oak takes over the command. The taste is extremely intense, warm and pleasantly tart-sweet. Here is really nothing overloaded or sticky. Incidentally, I like the drop with a teaspoon of water on 2cl most.
Basic flavors: fruits, dried fruits, chocolate, nut, espresso, oak
Description: The finish is surprisingly long. A nice juicy sweetish tart taste settles on the entire oral mucosa. Overripe plums, juicy dark cherries, dark grape nut chocolate and a remarkably beautiful oak sound long after. At the end, tasty almond and espresso notes develop. With a pleasant warming feeling in the epigastrium, this great First Fill Sherrymalt sounds like cask strength.