[October, 2018] I had a tasting dram of this very pricey bottle at the bar of the Aberfeldy distillery to verify if it is worth buying…
...and unfortunately, it is not! This is a sherried whisky of average-only quality, at best: because the colour of a dram is very dark does not automatically mean it is very good, too. Completely overpriced in my honest opinion, I would not spend more than 80 Euro on a bottle of that quality...
The nose offers a modern-style oloroso profile that is punchy and rather shy on herbal and sweet winey aromas. Some water does not change a lot and more water … does not change anything either. This nose stays shy and unimpressive regardless how long you wait or how much water you add.
The taste is of a flawless herbal-sweet sherry profile with raisins and figs but no chocolatey notes at all (quite unusual with a sherried dram). After adding some water the taste gets both more alcoholic-punchy and more bitter, I do not like that. More water flattens the dram quickly.
The initial mouthfeel is hot, peppery, creamy and coating with no distracting moments. The finish is long and adds no new impressions beside a very shy chocolatey note. After reduction the finish gets bitter-astringent before it quickly flattens out.