In the nose I have a mixture of the sweetness of spicy forest honey, dark fruits from the sherry barrel with dried plums, raisins, dates but also a hint of lime peel. Unlike most old Glendronach single casks, for example, this fruitiness is not that heavy and dominant. Rather, it is the honey that plays the main role for me, along with an increasing spiciness with pepper, nutmeg and some gingerbread spice and cinnamon. Dark nut chocolate with whole hazelnuts provides the tart aromas. The whole thing is accompanied by a little earthy and leathery notes, which are wonderfully integrated into the variety of flavors. Complex, harmonious, multi-layered ... I think the whisky on the nose is excellent. The alcohol is noticeable but does not sting or burn.
In the mouth, the whisky shows the strength of the 51.5% alcohol content, but is still very good to drink pure. The honey sweetness spreads immediately in the mouth and the spices become much more dominant than in the nose. The pepper combines with coffee notes and bitter notes of pure cocoa powder, the tannins from the oak barrel have an astringent effect, but everything in a very pleasant setting. A little ginger is added. The dark red fruits are noticeable but rather complementary and not dominant. The flavored hazelnuts tend to become walnuts drizzled with spicy honey. And that is what makes this whisky ... the different flavors result in such a complex unity that every sherry barrel lover should like. But you shouldn't expect a sherry bomb where the boiled fruits dominate. But you shouldn't be afraid of the harsher notes.
In the finish there is an interplay of honey sweetness, some fruitiness, pepper, light leather notes, coffee and a subtle earthiness in the mouth. I have associations of dark chocolate with a cherry filling and chewed walnuts. I find the finish very pleasant and would describe it as medium.
Well ... what can I say? The whisky is a board! Great class and a shame for me that I only had a sample of it. I would definitely buy this whisky. However, I would say that this whisky is more for "advanced" people who can handle the complexity and the tannins well. Someone who has only been drinking whisky for 3 months could be a little overwhelmed here.
From me there are good 90/100 points with a tendency to 91 points and so the whisky is high up in the first division for me. Great whisky, compliments!