I put this on my wish list but after 4 or 5 messages saying one is available on the market place I will remove it. This was £145 on release , unfortunately it is a sad reflection of the times when the only reason people entered the ballot to get a bottle was to sell them on, the fact is people who did want to try it were denied that opportunity. How come some people managed to be lucky enough to get two or three in a ballot, to people who were unsuccessful that must be a real choker?
This is one of the few times where a separate score for the nose and taste might've made sense. There's just such a big discrepancy between the two.
As the color suggests, this is intense. Earthy and rich. Hints of soy sauce and maggi, with dark chocolate, raisins, as well as dates and dark molasses. Touches of espresso, yet not bitter. There's a whiff of strawberries too, as well as sweet candy canes. This seems to deliver!
Okay, maybe I was a bit too quick to judge. The cask has completely overtaken the spirit. Lots of espresso bitterness, as well as big notes of cloves, burnt oak, black peppercorns and dry and nutty flavours. Even a tinge of fruitiness would've made a big difference, but it's just not there. How about a splash of water then? Nah, that doesn't do much at all.
Bone dry with more of the above, as well as a touch of cocoa powder. Long.
Quite an influence of the sherry, though not as tannic and dry as I expected. Maybe a bit beyond it peak - likely a year or two ago. It is no "woodworm" as the influence of sherry and wood are there but not overpowering. First impression on the nose was the 1979s Bunnahabhains from Signatory in dumpy bottles. Then develops towards a better Glendronach than Glendronach can do. And Daftmill still comes through.