First, the barrel occupancy is very clear, fat, sweet sherry, a sherry like him mMn Glenfarclas used since the 90s very often, the Malt gets a little hand warmth, the whole litany of typical sherril storage rises, raisins, dates, pastries, vanilla, sweet creamy milk chocolate, Werther's originals, only a little bit enigmatic oak, always sweet, thick, dark fruity, fat, caramel, without any false note, great. Could be from the first nose the little brother of the 1990s piglet (barrel 5119), albeit less fruit and more caramel-stressed. If I had to guess, I would explain this with the difference between Butt and Hogshead, the alcohol is very well integrated overall (condition is that it leaves him a little time in the glass), with water the nose tends more in the light-fruited and citrus-heavy, For the first time, orange and peach come on the scene, in the end he has not much in common with the above-mentioned 90s piglets
he still has plenty of steam, similar experiences here as in the nose, albeit a bit more oak-like and with more nut notes, otherwise mostly perfectly afterwards to the nose. I think the sherry seems a little bit set up, which I would justify with the still relatively young age. With water here lighter, clearly bitter and oak-accented, bittersweet, some black coffee, herbs and menthol in the taste
medium to long, warming but not biting, in addition to the aromas of nose and mouth here is still a little fresher with hints of menthol, with water a little less sustainable but overall smoother finish
This malt needs rest and time in the glass and heat. Interestingly, it is even quite changeable with a little water. The emphasis here is on little. If he gets that, his character will be more like refine sherry. The fruits are lighter and fresher, the oak is slightly more present and at the same time it is rounder and smoother in the mouth and finish. You do not have to emphasize that the € 150 for a 15-year-old piglet are far from good and evil, but the quality of the FC plays in the range, of course, you can not put it with the much older same. Amazing with the Family Casks I always find that I have never been able to find a real false mark. I've probably had luck so far, but Glenfarcla's keeps doing well, unlike the other sherry bombs in the current market with their sulfur and glue notes.
Qualitatively so for me a very clear buy recommendation. Priced? I do not like to say, "everyone has to know that for themselves". That's a hollow phrase. In relation to what you currently get on the market for € 150 so offered, I find this piglet acceptable. No bargain, not "business" reasons, not old, nothing to indicate but in qualitative comparison adequate.