...and this a fine spicy-herbal driven Fino sherried dram. Lovers of this sherry-style will adore it and I assume that even the friends of sweeter sherries will find this interesting and worth a try. 100 per cent sulphur-free and flawless, a great pick for The Family...
The colour is mahogany and the nose offers spices on full throttle... This must have been an European oak cask, for sure. What a nice contrast to the lush fruity oloroso dram (vintage 1988) I had just before. This seems to was rather a Fino sherry cask and it created a beautiful complex and balanced profile together with the fine 'farclas malt.
The taste is all about spices again (both hot and sweet ones like chili and vanilla) in a decoction of sugars, herbs and fine oils. Very interesting to explore but not really layered, unfortunately - so all impressions intermingle somewhat. Nevertheless I like it a lot! Water opens up the nose nicely and smoothes both the taste and finish - I like to nose this dram reduced but prefer to drink it neat (using two glasses)...
The initial mouthfeel is pleasing and charming with an instantly creamy coating effect, no distracting moments except some fine peppery spices (hey, this is a spice-driven dram). The finish is long and adds some fine fruits (wow, I never had fruits appearing that late in a whisky) and chocolatey flavours. This is the best about the dram (because the finish offers the most complex flavours profile).