EYE / NOSE
Reddish brown. One senses the deep brown tone of the original sherry coating of some barrels. The alcohol is only perceptible in the background. Very soft, quite spicy nose. Far from being as sherry-heavy as the deep color might suggest. Whiskey should always remain recognizable as such, then sherry storage inspires much more than if a whiskey is drowned in the sherry. Although this sometimes has a certain appeal, it remains a second choice behind the more balanced, elegant whiskeys, which can score with multi-dimensional flavor profiles. Very nice freshness. Light sherry sweetness, fresh nutmeg, caramel, wood.
The 46% drinking strength fits my taste, as so often, like a glove. More power would be safe, but is not really necessary. It is interesting that characteristic grain influences are not dominant in the nose or on the palate. Very well balanced and multi-layered for a blend without appearing arbitrary. Delicate sweetness, blueberry syrup, milk coffee, chocolate sauce, wonderful coffee.
FINISH / CONCLUSION
Really beautiful, full of dram. Leather, cereals, spicy and herbal, with a fine honey note, dark chocolate and a very minimal smoke nuance in the background. In the rather short finish, the grains break ground for the first time, quite typical, luckily, however, without the occasionally criticized acetone notes. The malty-grained notes also fit perfectly here. A special mention deserves the price, which is very tolerable at just under EUR 35.