...because this is a fine modern style sherried dram. Absolutely flawless (which is an achievement in itself for sherry maturations these days) and with a delicious bold profile both in the nose and on the palate - I like it! A perfect cask selection by JCWS.
The colour is tawny and the nose offers a bold and flawless modern oloroso sherry profile with all the delicious aromas one might expect from such a maturation. It is a little shy first but opens up nicely after some breathing. The sweet aromas retreat somewhat and provide space for delicate herbs, waxes and earthy notes. Not too bad and some water releases additional floral and chalky-mineral aromas, but I like the first (neat) nose better.
The taste is dominated by the sherry flavours and the 'rothes malt struggles hard to hold its head up but it is defeated, finally. Which is not a problem as the sherry is truly delicious and multi-faceted because the wood contributes spices and herbal flavours to the mix. After some chewing the malt starts a comeback but again this is repulsed by the sherry. What a funny back-and-forth on my palate, I like that!
The dram arrives warming but unfortunately not much coating on the palate with a minor bitter-drying feeling (the tannins of the sherry cask at work). The finish is long and adds more dark chocolatey and bitter wooden flavours that never get unpleasant. No drying moments here. Water turns the nose punchier (like often with heavily sherried drams) and the taste more creamy-chocolatey. I like to nose this dram neat and prefer to drink it a little reduced to about 42% abv.