The pouring in already suggests the power of the malt through the air bubbles that run along the walls of my Glencairn like small, even pearls. Slow, wide, oily streaks form on the glass. The resulting pattern looks like that of a much older painting. The natural dark color of the Oloroso barrel is simply gorgeous. It's hard not to like the malt optically. Then finally the nose. Actually, I can make it short: 'Typical post 1970's Laphi power meets equally typical Oloroso sherry ...!' More is basically not to say. Or is it? I still notice some pine forest. Unusual! The medically dry, slightly lemony Laphi Rauch finds in the dry-fruity Oloroso power of the great Sherry Butts a congenial game partner at eye level. Peppery iodine is measured with dry orange. The power of the various single notes as well as the amazing balance between the different facets is what sets this Williamson out of the crowd for my taste.
Very typical, rather dry Oloroso sherry aromas, spicy-herbal fruit notes, again the intense dry orange. No sweet orange juice, but dry orange! And yet the malt is pleasantly sweet on the palate, there is nothing missing. It is spicy, but there is little oak. Sure, in seven years, the barrel will naturally usually abundant sherry color and flavors but rather little oak off. But in return there is no unreasonable bitterness. But best of all: no sulfuric notes in this dark malt.
FINISH / CONCLUSION
Warm, long, medically, becoming drier, he retreats. Slightly tarry notes surround the tip of the tongue before maritime-sweet smoke and beautiful dry fruit sweep away the fleeting Ardbeg impression with power and leave behind liquorice notes. That's delicious! The aftertaste reflects the taste perfectly - it looks wonderfully impetuous our Williamson, oh, I would like to say Laphi. Bessie would certainly have enjoyed the malt, I would say. I do not miss the bitterness, although it would have worked well with the character of the malt. This dimension would have needed a few years in the oak. With all the risks that this usually entails. I would like to sum up beautiful, spicy whisky from beginning to end. Good choice. Good, active barrel, bottled at the right time. Great young Sherry Islay, as I like him. No identifiable miss notes, but rather a strong South Coast sherry smoker with convincing nooks and crannies. As ordered, the longed-for, chalky notes arrive, but this time paired with unusually herbal impressions.
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