The nose starts somewhat closed and needs some time and hand warmth to release more flavor. Clearly the focus lies more to the sweet stuff. Where the classic 18yo involved bourbon casks as well as sherry, this expression involves only sherry casks (px and oloroso) and that’s what you get on the nose. Loads and loads of sweetness. Raisins, cherries, black berries, dates, mild peat smoke. Lovely stuff once again.
Especially the palate excels in a very sweet, rich bodied sherry profile. Sweetness allowed the place. Again here it’s very smooth, thick and gentle. It’s more syrupy then the ‘normal’ 18. Lots of raisins, strawberry, cherry and raspberries. Along side with that there’s quite a big hit of tobacco and leather. This is the best part in my opinion.
The finish lingers on and on and is probably longer and more sticky then the ‘normal’ 18yo. Smokey raisins, smoked ham, medicinal flavors and coastal influences keep me busy for quite a while.
The only right conclusion is that both the normal 18 as well as this deep& complex are real stunners and both give a fantastic experience. It’s all down to personal taste. Let’s be straight: you hardly can choose wrong here. Personally I tend to choose the ‘normal’ 18yo. In my opinion that one gives a little more complexity due to the use of bourbon casks as well which makes is more dimensional, while this deep&complex is a little more one sided and focuses to sweetness and sherry mainly.