I would say this is a somewhat mixed affair: The nose is unimpressive and does not really open up neither on oxydation nor after adding water. It is not flawed or bad, just very shy. Contrary to that both the (neat) taste and finish are quite comparable to the great Family Casks releases with a clean and impressive modern sherry profile that is both sweet and spicy. I strongly suggest to chew this dram for quite a while to get the full spectrum of aromas and flavours. So, skip the nosing and go straight for the first sip...
The colour is chestnutoloroso sherry and the nose is a little punchy first but after my olfactory cells adapted to that it offers a modern sherry profile. Still it is very shy and cries for water, no doubt! I do not like it neat and even after adding some water it stays rather closed. More reduction does not help either, unfortunately. By the way, this dram is completely sulphur-free (thanks, George!).
The taste is much better on a delicious and flawless spicy-sweet oloroso profile with appropriate but never dominating wooden notes. It is not really layered but it offers many more delicious flavours the longer I chew it. Now there are adorable chocolatey notes (both dark and milk), fine herbs, honeys, fruits and of course, spices all the time. Forget about adding water because it just dilutes the fine and powerful taste without adding major new impressions.
The initial mouthfeel is warming and nicely coating with an interesting peppery touch. The finish is long and turns more to the chocolatey side with a minor drying feeling (ashes, aspirin) that prevents this dram from getting too sweet.