...and it is. This alone is a great achievement in itself (for Glenrothes that often released sulphur-spoiled casks in the past) and I guess sherry whisky lovers will like this very much. It is good to get an impression how paxarette-improved drams tasted in the past (for reasonable bucks) despite I doubt they used paxarette on these casks. To me this dram is a little too simplistic and designed (or in other words: too immature), but this is just my personal taste...
The colour is chestnutoloroso sherry and the nose offers a clean sherry profile that reminds me a little of old paxarette-improved drams. This is dry oloroso at its best with all its sweet fruity and sour winey aromas in an appropriate wooden setting. It is pretty fine but a little simple, to be honest. The malt adds almost nothing to the nose, too bad. After significant breathing time the wood grows stronger while the sherry retreats somewhat, I like the initial nose better.
The taste is flawless and of a delicious oloroso sherry profile with some barley sugary impressions, at least. The wood is stronger than in the nose but there are mostly spices and less tannins, hence it is enjoyable this way. Again, this profile is rather simple but easy quaffable if you like full-throttle-sherried drams.
The dram arrives a little hot on the palate with a warming and peppery mouthfeel and a minor coating effect, only. The finish is rather short and adds some milk chocolatey impressions that are tasty. No bitter-drying moments here what indicates rather short maturation times (hence NAS). Water strenghtens the sherry aromas again both in the nose and on the palate - I like this dram best when reduced to about 43% abv.