...and what a great idea! This is one of the best old style (paxarette-alike) sherried whiskies I came across for years. Bold and complex, balanced and flawless, succulent and very, very quaffable - but unfortunately very dangerous to my bank account, too... I do not believe I state this: But this dram is worth its high price (according to my taste buds)! An excellent pick out of your stocks, dear George...
The colour is tawny and the nose offers a rich and flawless old style sherry profile with fine sweet oloroso winey, barley sugary and spicy wooden aromas and an interesting leathery note. It reminds me a little of the smell in the library room of an old English Gentlemen's club - and I like it.
The taste is layered and of the finest old-stylish sherry profile (before the paxarette was banned in 1989), this is really delicious! Not a single flaw or imbalance, this is a sherry-malt-wooden combo close to perfection. After some chewing more spices and some herbs pop up that refine the taste further. It is both juicy and oily with delicious Manuka honey notes (you have to try Manuka if you do not know it, definitely).
The initial mouthfeel is very pleasant with an instantly creamy coating of both tongue and mouth without any distracting moment. The finish is very, very long and literally sticks to the palate and throat forever - wow, is this good! Milk and dark chocolatey flavours turn the finish even more adorable, this is truly a "grande finale". Water is not needed but it does no harm either - nevertheless I like this dram best when neat.