The colour is russetmuscat and the texture shows a great oiliness of many small tears that stick to the top of the glass and consolidate to a fat sticky ring that does not move at all. Very late some bigger tears appear that do not build legs. This promises an excellent mouthfeel and very long finish! The nose is quite impressive on a fine spicy-herbal sherry profile with dozens of different aromas in a firm, appropriate wooden setting. Despite the 62% abv it is not punchy at all. The dram arrives hot on the palate (remember: 62% abv) and it immediately covers the whole of the mouth with a warming feeling, simply excellent. One of the best mouthfeels I had for a long time and not a single minor distracting moment (like bitter, drying or adstringent notes). The taste is multi-layered around this superb sherry profile with all the sherry-induced flavours one can dream of. It is supplemented by a delicious spicy wooden framework and a couple of sweet barley sugars (different ones, I swear!). Again not a single flaw that I can find. The finish is very long and spicier than the taste with some minor bitter notes (tannins) at the very end that are rather welcomed (as a counterpart to the sweet sherry flavours) than distracting. Some water releases even more aromas in the nose and it turns the taste and finish sweeter. But be careful not to add too much water as the dram flattens quickly below around 48% abv. Actually I like it best when reduced to about 50% abv.
As expected, the chance of being disappointed by this dram is not close to but it is zero! Another proof that most probably the best age for single malt whiskies is around 20 years (there are exceptions above and below, of course...)!