Once again a bottling for friends of sweet whiskeys. However, the barrel was already very inactive, which manifests itself in restrained barrel notes, low complexity and the surprisingly clear alcoholic strength. I am a little disappointed in this bottling: I can not find 28 years of aging in the glass. I do not understand the many top ratings.
At first, behave fairly, takes some time in the glass. Sweet sherry notes dominate: brown sugar, caramel, grapes and a little spice. Pleasant but quite one-dimensional. For me, surprisingly, that at the age as good as no wood notes are to be found.
Surprisingly sharp and pungent, ginger, pepper. Then getting sweet - caramelized sugar, forest honey, some fruity acidity comes along, adsting, but no bitter notes, maybe a little liquorice, which reminds of the wood. Amazingly little development for old age.
The fruity acidity meets the sweetly dominant aromas. Add a little spice. Overall, the medium-long finish but quite unspectacular.
This is rock solid stuff. I found cocoa and marzipan, cherry and orange. Also some spices, nutmeg and a little pepper. The sherry-side brings tobacco and leather. Some nuts are also there. Overall coated in thick sweetness and some sour spikes. But nothing is screaming out loud here. Very subtle and balanced, drinkable and enjoyable without thinking a lot about it.