...and yes, the 4th fill did work again! In a perfect cask even a rather young malt can mature to a great profile like this one. Its complexity and balance is astonishing for a mere 15-years old and there is not a single off-note or flaw. Very enjoyable to explore and dangerously quaffable - this is worth the 140 Eurobucks I paid for it, no doubt.
By the way, as with my favourite Family Cask (1998 / S18, WB id 117033) this dram requires bigger measures to enfold its full potential. The first 2 cl might taste average only, but any further serving unlocks the hidden secrets of this young beauty...
The colour is old gold and the nose offers a complex modern sherry profile with fine sweet and sour wine aromas, leather, barley sugars, spices, dried fruits (raisins), oranges, plums, waxes, olive oil and rather shy herbal-wooden notes that grow stronger upon breathing. All is nicely balanced and without any off-note, this was a flawless modern sherry cask. But beware all you heavy-sherry lovers - this is a rather subtle and delicate sherry maturation...
The taste is layered on dozens of delicious flavours that come and go in different waves. These are the wonders of an excellent 4th fill maturation, no flavour dominates the other and all play in perfect harmony. I like this! Chew it for minutes and you detect a new impression every ten seconds, I promise. Some water releases a very interesting and fine aroma of quinces (I had a quince schnapps just recently) - what a flabbergasting surprise. The nose turns even more complex upon reduction as does the taste, this dram swims like Mark Spitz (google him, if you do not know this guy). Actually, I like this dram neat and at various reduction levels.
The dram arrives warming and instantly coating on the palate without any distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and adds more molten barley sugars and cocoa powder, guess what these combine to - right: milk chocolate. Again there is no bitter or drying feeling, the wood is about perfect to provide a firm structure without dominating.