On the nose, very restrained with light fruits like pears, a little apricot, green apples, all sprinkled with a little vanilla sugar and pepper. A tart note is subtly laid over these aromas. The spiciness of the wood becomes stronger, I get gentle associations of old furniture from the grandparents' attic, a little cocoa powder and vinegar. All in all very mild and well interwoven.
With 48.1% alcohol, this whisky has a very pleasant drinking strength. The whisky starts fruity in the mouth with light fruits that can already be found in the aroma. Some nuts are added, vanilla sugar and the spiciness of the oak barrel are now stronger with dark chocolate and pleasant tannins, which in the mouth initially only ensure a low level of dryness. I had a very different experience when I was so old. With a second sip, the wood notes become more intense, the dark chocolate turns a little into espresso, the fruitiness is there, but rather subtle in the background. A maritime note comes into play and adds a hint of salt to the pepper.
The finish is smooth, with light tannins that are not too dominant. The bright fruits still swing gently in the background and all this takes place on the coast of Scotland with drizzle, because light maritime salt notes are still noticeable. A medium length finish in my eyes.
Overall, this whisky has been fresher and gentler than I expected. At 31 years in the sherry barrel, this was apparently not very active or had been filled several times in advance. But you can already tell by the color. In terms of color, I wouldn't have even guessed a sherry barrel. I lack the volume, both in the nose and in the mouth ... I would have expected a little more after 31 years of barrel aging.
For me there are 88/100 points. That is a good rating for me, but it is not enough to play really high up. But as always, that's purely subjective.