...and the result is an easy quaffable dram with a rather simple but tasty profile. No flaw or off-note (certainly no sulphur) but no highlight either - but hey, priced at around 60 Eurobucks this is great stuff to quaff! I look forward to the next batches...
The colour is very dark at brown sherry and the nose offers a flawless modern sherry profile with some minor grainy aromas. There is not much of the malt(s) to detect. Some water helps to unlock the whisky aromas like honey, floral and waxy notes. This nose certainly improves on a reduction to about 38% abv, even the sherry aromas are more impressive now.
The taste is not layered but the flavours are strong and balanced - the sherry is not too dominating so the barley sugars, autumn floral and vanilla-toffee notes of the malts resp. grains contribute to an easy and flawless tasting profile. After some chewing a dark chocolatey flavour pops up and later some bitter herbal-tobacco notes join in. All in all a rather simple but nonetheless delicious taste that is esay to quaff. Water smoothes the taste but it gets flatter too, I like to nose this dram reduced but prefer to drink it neat (using two glasses).
The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate with no distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and turns more bitter over time (both tobacco and tannins) but it never gets unpleasant. The dark chocolate flavour lasts the longest - and provides an excellent farewell memory that way.