There are actually 2 versions of this. The light coloured one was for Japanese market and the dark-coloured one ( sherry cask ) was for EU market ( Germany in fact ). They both have exactly the same label. Info comes from Acorn itself. Mine is lightcoloured and at the back has barcode 7700000009388
Considering the price, the bottler, the distillery, the age and cask type it is a little disappointing. Don’t get me wrong, it is a very good whisky, but don’t expect it to be magnificent. It is not. Definitely worth trying!
The nose gives sweet expectations, tobacco, smoke, dryness, red tea, pepper, prunes, some peat, even honey and oranges.
The taste is definitely more into tobacco, ashes, sourness, smoke, pepper, bitter taste, some leather, red tea, dryness and cigarette smoke. Don’t expect much of sweetness in mouth.
Finish is rather long, evolving and filled with ashes, smoke, sourness, pepper, a little bit of sweetness and spices.