...but this bottle is easy drinkable when you are in the mood to just have a dram while concentrating on other things. It is easy drinkable but without any notable characteristics to remember by tomorrow.
The colour is burnished and the nose offers a simplistic but enjoyable profile with less sherry influence than one would expect given the dark colour. There are some fine ripe home-grown fruits (pears, peaches) beside the dominating barley sugars. The wood is rather shy but adds some spicy impressions, at least. It is okay-ish to sniff before taking the first sip but there is not much to explore.
The taste is about the same - easy to quaff but uninteresting. It is an amalgam of barley sugars, sherry notes and toffee impressions. Do not get me wrong, this is perfect drinking stuff if you focus on different things and just want to have a dram while doing this - what is exactly most of these standard editions are designed for. But I do not recommend it for those who are really into single malt whisky for its complexity and sometimes surprising profiles.
The initial mouthfeel is warming without both any significant coating effects and distracting moments. The finish is rather short and gets increasingly drying and a little bitter towards the end. Water does no favour to this dram because it flattens out almost instantly.