Well put-together, if a little thin and weird. There’s just a little bit of sherry influence, but I think it works. There’s some decent complexity, the development is quite nice, and the age shows. I can’t believe it, but I think it’s a little too salty for me. There are some off notes as well (like that chlorine) that pop in and out, which hurt my experience a little, but weren’t too bad. I thankfully didn’t have anything close to the horrible experience I had with the 12 year thankfully. Still, I was a little salted-out by this one. I’m confident that lots of other people will enjoy this more than I did.
Nose: Sweet and salty. Sugary, almost crystallized dried fruit: dates, pineapple, and banana. Light cereals and honey. Nature Valley bars! The kind dipped in the sugary caramel stuff. Just the tiniest hint of smoke. It’s quite salty, with sea breeze and even a bit of chlorine. The fruit fills out a bit more as it sits in the glass.
Palate: Light texture, but quite oily. A bit hit of salt up front, followed by manuka honey and dried fruit. A bit of rum-y banana funk here, along with mango and pineapple. Develops into toast and walnuts, followed by oak and a hit of black pepper. There’s a little bit of peat here too, mixed in with that pepper. A bit of a slaty mineral note on the back end, along with sugared raisins. It never loses that salty edge.
Finish: Long, and sweet-and-salty again. Lots of honey. Salt and pepper. Dried apple slices, a bit of lychee, and nuts. A bag of trail mix, maybe.