This is one of those ...
Objectively, the aromas do not bring any big surprises, all typical sherry - there are preserved raisins, juicy prunes, aromatic deposited and coarsely cut tobacco leaves, dried apricots, marzipan, slightly moist dark brown Muscovado sugar, deep black licorice, burnt caramel, dark chocolate and dark chocolate a heavy wooden load, which makes me think of an ancient, massive and already slightly musty cupboard made of thick wormwoody oak wood. Everything is very typical.
But the power, abundance and breadth and tremendous complexity that lets one descend into the unimaginable dark-spicy depths of this whisky is already impressive and downright overwhelming. My nose has been hanging over this whisky for 40 minutes and the fascination just does not fade. The sweetness and the incredibly spicy fruit with all the ingredients from the spice rack, plus the really old wood - all this spills the nose in alternating intensities. The alcohol is noticeable only in the first seconds after pouring and then fits perfectly.
The aroma force continues here without interruption. Everything is very broad, oily, dark and just as intense, the alcohol brings a nice warmth without burning. But clearly the old Oloroso barrels are in command here. The long storage in the barrels left powerful, but very complex and finely nuanced oak wood aromas. From coarse woody to slightly musty to very subtle, sour flavors, they form a massive wall of moist and tart oak notes, as if you were licking it directly at the bunghole. Fascinating, but also very powerful. The whole dark fruit flavors and the spicy sweetness are also just as their right, above all the dark raisins and dried fruit any couleur, damp pipe tobacco, crème brûlée and enormously dark chocolate with roasted hazelnuts. But the austere wooden wall keeps it all in check, is always present and ensures a slightly acidic dry-silky texture on the tongue.
Again, the wood determines the long finish. Furry and harsh, it bids farewell to sweet, sweet dried fruit notes and spicy pipe smoke, leaving a dry, slightly astringent mouthfeel, as if it were a good red wine.