...and this cask again is completely free of any footprint of the devil! But unfortunately it cannot match the adorable complexity and harmony of its older siblings - despite this it is over-aged already (too much wooden tannins). Yes, this is often the problem with 1st fill sherry casks: Both the sherry and the woods are too aggressive to the malt so it does not create a balanced and complex profile - fortunately this will change during later re-fills...
The colour is burnt umber and the nose offers a rich and impressive sherry profile with not a single off-note or flaw. It is quite closed when neat but opens up on some water nicely. Nonetheless it stays a little boring...
The taste is both sherry and wood driven that dominate somewhat the malt flavours. Hence it is a little unbalanced and I guess this dram might have been better bottled somewhat earlier. Nevertheless a clean and enjoyable taste, for sure and I think bourbon lovers (like Jim Murray) will like this taste much more - I prefer both less tannins and less vanilla. Water smoothes the dram and makes it more approachable, I like it best when reduced to about 50% abv.
The initial mouthfeel is warming, (just a little) coating and a little peppery without any bitter or drying moments. The finish is of medium length and adds more spices that again are a little too much (for my taste). There is a slight bitter moment from the tannins towards the end that is not distracting.