...like this one. Just because it is sherry cask-matured does not make up a great malt! This is an average distillate matured in a rather sub-average sherry butt which results in a release that is dispensable (from my point of view). But thanks to the current whisky boom the Scots do the same as the Romans did 2000 years ago (you know, money is not to be sniffed at)...
The colour is amontillado sherry and the nose offers a rather unimpressive modern sherry profile. To be honest, this could be any malt out of any modern sherry cask - nothing else to remark...
The taste shows a modern wood-driven sherry profile with lots of bitter herbal and wooden (tannins) notes. After some chewing sweet sugary and some fruity flavours show up and turn the taste more approachable once you chew it long enough. Nevertheless, this is not really delicious (according to my taste buds, only) but wait - finally there is a tasty mocha and dark chocolatey flavour that I like. Water helps to open up both the nose and taste but now the fine mocha-chocolatey taste is gone too, unfortunately. I like the neat dram better.
The initial mouthfeel is hot and drying-astringent - no, I do not like this at all! The finish is of medium length and just sugary-sweet with hints of sherry flavours. It turns unpleasantly drying-astringent towards the end (tannins) but releases a fine but short chocolatey flash right before it vanishes.