...and to be honest: If I were Cochrane Cartwright I would not feel to be honoured with such a dram. Slow distillation means that off-notes and flaws are reduced through maximum copper contact time - but this dram is full of off-notes and flaws like rubbery, meaty and other sulphurous notes. It is drinkable, of course - but why should I?
The colour is amontillado sherry and the nose offers some rubbery- and meaty-sulphurous off-notes first that are not to my liking at all. Luckily these vanish (to a large extend) after a significant time of breathing (more than ten minutes) but nonetheless: Why should I buy and drink a dram with such a bad first impression (remember: You never get second chance to make a first impression!). After that an average-only modern style sherry nose enfolds without highlights but minor sulphurous notes (that grow stronger upon adding water).
The taste is not layered and shows a modern sherry profile with a slightly bitter touch and minor yeasty notes (camembert cheese). All the usual sherry flavours are there in a rather heavy wooden setting. Nothing special to write about except a minor sulphurous impression of spent matches (that is bearable).
The initial mouthfeel is just a little warming and almost not coating at all with a minor bitter moment of heavy tannins. The finish is of medium length and turns bitter-drying on tannins and sulphurous notes. Water strengthens rather the unwanted aromas and flavours so add it only if you love such dirty drams.