...but this dram is not, according to my taste buds (only). This smells and tastes rather like high-proof sherry wine matured in aggressive virgin oak casks - where is the malt? Lovers of the modern "industry-designed" sherry monsters might adore such bottlings but I do not call this whisky for a very simple reason: I do neither smell nor taste any whisky in this drink...
The colour is tawny and the nose offers an intense modern sherry profile - not more, not less. It is fine and flawless but to be honest, there is nothing special of interest. The sherry is very strong while the malt-driven aromas are hard to catch at all. This nose is not balanced, it is sherry-driven only.
The taste is a little more balanced with barley sugars shining through the massive wall of sherry flavours. The woods are very strong for a 13-years old, obviously these were aggressive virgin oak casks that contained sherry for a very limited time only (so all tannins are still in there). To be honest, this is nothing else than another "designed" modern sherry monster which has nothing in common with the fine sherry monsters of the past.
The initial mouthfeel is hot and bitter-astringent, the tannins of the fresh sherry casks take a significant toll on my taste buds. The finish is of medium length only (missing the oiliness of the whisky which is the most important factor for a good mouthfeel and decent length of the finish). It gets bitter-drying towards the end - yes, the tannins are at work again. Water is not needed, it just flattens everything.