Water: no, definitely not, he is wonderfully well balanced in this strength.
Conclusion: Anyone who has expected a sherry bomb will be bitterly disappointed. Everyone else is looking forward to a wonderfully mature 2nd Fill Casks malt, with a complexity found only in older malts. But sherry barrel influence is hard to find, this could have been a bourbon barrel. I like it so very well, for a top score but still lacks a bit more complexity, also the oak is a bit too strong. 88 points
Nose: sherry? Where is the sherry? No, instead great fruit flavors, it starts with natural cloudy apple juice, later comes a whole fruit basket with peach, mirabelle plums and also slightly overripe pear added. The whole thing is underlined by a very well balanced seasoning of oak barrels, which also add a kräutrige note. Then something typical English comes through - toast bread with bitter orange marmalade, in addition to something fresh in the nose, maybe a little eucalyptus, also a few almond flavors blend
Taste: full, soft and complex, mature fruit basket, especially with apple and orange notes. The oak is very noticeable, old wardrobe with a little fresh tree bark, to now clear caramel
Finish: long, warm and lasting, it floods almost all taste buds and holds them around, then it fades out slowly. Here, too, the fruit notes with a little eucalyptus, later the caramel is stronger and the oak provides a lot of dry spice, even a few almonds show up again.