...and actually this is not bad at all! The 66.7% abv is not too punchy so one can drink this even neat where it offers a flawless (not a single trace of sulphur!) and nicely fruity modern sherry profile. It is very quaffable both neat and reduced - maybe an excellent sherry cask can withstand the higher filling abv levels and delivers a powerful yet balanced maturation in a shorter time this way. An issue to keep an eye on...
The colour is very dark at burnt umber and the nose offers a rich modern sherry profile without any flaw. There are all the different fruits (home-grown and exotic - fresh, cooked and dried), nuts, spices, herbs in a powerful but not too strong wooden framework. The abv is punchy, of course - but this is bearable by my olfactory cells.
The taste is bold on mainly sherry-induced flavours with firm but never dominating wooden notes. Not sure if I can find the Glenlivet malt beneath these rich impressions but to be honest - I do not care! This is an impressive modern sherried dram that was made just for drinking and not for "analysis paralysis". Some water releases more aromas in the nose and flavours on the palate that are mainly chocolatey (both milk and dark). A further reduction releases more spicy and herbal notes - hey, this is a perfect dram to play around with water. I like it neat and reduced at various strength levels...
The dram arrives hot and warming on the palate but not as hot as the almost 67% abv suggest. The mouthfeel is nicely creamy and coating, I like that! The finish is of medium length and stays creamy without bitter-drying moments. It gets a little more spicy and chocolatey what often happens with clean sherried drams (and what I like). What a nice surprise!