These types of whiskys are the reason I like to drink whisky. A nicely balanced drop, which of course only depends on the barrel and not on the skill of a blender, since it is a single barrel bottling. With this, however, Valinch & Mallet proves that they had a very good feel for the barrel selection.
The sherry influence comes through here immediately and is subtly present on the nose all the time. A real fruit basket comes to the olfactory cells here. Banana, apple, cherry and also orange peel play a role here. A floral aroma as well as wood and light toffee notes are also present. A little honey comes out after a longer smell. A very rich and clean whisky in which the sherry is clearly present, but leaves enough space for the other participants in this bouquet. So no sherry bomb that drowns out all other smells, but very pleasant and wonderfully balanced. Just great!
The first impression is reminiscent of fruit cake. Fine sweetness as well as citrus notes and dried fruits hit the palate. The sherry and a hint of cognac can also be clearly tasted here. But woody and spicy tones of raisins, cocoa and a little pepper also play around the taste buds. Here, too, some honey can be tasted. There are also wonderful, albeit subtle, notes of vanilla and caramel. The result is a very balanced taste, in which the sherry again dominates, but does not drown out the other taste components. One must also note that the almost 52% vol. Alcohol go very well. The whisky is nice and strong, but the taste of alcohol is barely noticeable, so that it would be assessed a little less strongly. Here, too, very nice balance across the board.
Very long with a lot of fruit and sweetness. At the end some citrus fruit and a fine bitterness.