...and that was a clever decision. This is an old style traditional sherry maturation which is on eye-level with the great sherried drams of the past. No flaw or imbalance, and all the malt-, sherry- and wood-driven flavours perform a perfect harmonic symphony on my taste buds. Very recommended to all lovers of the clean, balanced and not-designed old sherried whisky style - and if you like "sulphur-enhanced" whiskies please leave this dram for all the (un)fortunate that are not able to enjoy the drinks of the devil...
The colour is auburn and the nose offers an adorable oloroso sherry profile without any off-note (for sure not a single whiff of sulphur). The sherry is in great balance with both the malt- and wood-driven aromas and all offer a complex and enjoyable nosing experience. This is truly an old style sherry maturation of the finest kind, I like that!
The taste is multi-layered and presents all the great old school sherry flavours in a delicious framework woven by the fine 'farclas spirit and the wooden cask notes. Again no flaw or imbalance I can detect, this is close to perfection. After some chewing tasty chocolate flavours pop up before bitter herbs and spices counter this sweet attack. What an interesting movie on my palate!
The initial mouthfeel is warming and instantly coating without any distracting moments - wow, this is pure pleasure! The finish is long and turns a little bitter-drying towards the end but this never gets unpleasant. The chocolatey notes transform into very dark choc with more than 90 per cent of cocoa (I like this). Water releases more aromas in the nose but it turns the taste less interesting as the layers intermingle somewhat now. But it is smoother and hence even more quaffable this way. I like to explore this dram neat and after that I prefer to drink it a little reduced to about 45% abv.