With a scoring I would like to wait for a second or third tasting. In the current euphoria, I am inclined to award a score that many may not understand. However, I can say so much: together with the Glenfarclas 1989 Cask 13055 the best whisky of the year 2018 for me. Unfortunately, the most expensive. BUT: he is worth it! :)
Phew! What a beguiling scent flows through the room when the bottle is opened. Sherry full! But for now it's time to breathe.
After about 15 minutes first real Nosing: Sherry Sherry Sherry. But not this crushing sherry wall, which is known by many old Glendronachs, but rather a "fine" and multi-layered sherry. I hear deep dark berries: dark blackberries, black currants, plum compote and hints of red cherries. Insane, how fruity this sherry comes over. However, it also adds floral notes to it. Similar to the 25th and 30th Glenfarclas, I hear a hint of roses. I have not (yet) the described jasmine. However, the nose is very pleasant and very complex. The 58.1% you do not notice at all. One can only guess this strength, because the whisky is very restless in the glass when panning.
Hallelujah! What's going on on the palate? A completely new taste experience! Sherry sweetness, fruitiness, butterscotch, raspberries, oranges (peel), cinnamon, brown sugar, apples and, as icing on the cake, an unimaginable hint of anise! Wow! What a taste experience! The 58.1% are surprisingly mild. Nothing burns in the mouth. Everything is very pleasant and pleasant and screams for a second sip :)
This is even more intense. With 2-3 drops of water, the Linkwood makes a bit more and all the flavors are a touch more intense. Now I also have the notes of fine tobacco, wood of an old cigar box and a hint of dark chocolate. A dream - exactly my prey scheme.
Very long-lasting and warming. In the finish I have now clearly the oranges and the dark chocolate. At the back of the tongue, the anise knocks again and slowly the sweetness of the chocolate, the berries and the anise gives way to a delicate mix of tobacco and fine woody notes.