I hear this one was finished in a sherry cask for one year. Normally I'm not that into sherry finishes, but in this context it was obviously the right decision, since instead of being tacked on, the sherry draws everything in the blend together and amplifies it.
Tasted with 5 other Cadenhead blends, of which this one was the obvious winner for me, and it also scored the most points in the all tasters poll.
Cadenhead is doing a Glenglassaugh impression, I see. Going only by the nose I could've easily been fooled into thinking this is a >30yo from the aforementioned distillery. Wonderfully, almost unbearably fruity. A little winelike too, but dessert cakes and fruit juices dominate. The richest nose of all the 6 Cadenhead blends in this tasting.
Some sherry oak and grain whisky, but the bold, rich fruitiness overtakes everything. You can tell it's a blend by it having a tender, slightly watery body compared to what you'd expect from a malt at this ABV, but it doesn't bother me too much, because the whole just works so well.
A little tannic and astringent, and a bit herbal, but still mostly on juices and jellies.