In any case, it is worth devoting a little time to the drop
I don't understand some opinions that this malt is watered down. From the label yes, but whoever tries it will know what I mean.
For me, a rare, yet clear 90-point candidate - because the balance is right
Tasted in handmade corrugated glass by Olaf Tappert
The fruit dominates. A spicy ripeness develops behind it. No barrel that kills everything, the oak is a great addition and rounds off perfectly with spices.
We come to the details: forest fruits, raisins, red gummy bears, candied grapes, soft, light caramel. Behind it cinnamon, some maggi, salt, a hint of chocolate, marzipan and an old chest of drawers. 0.0% sulfur, no fear.
I have an association with an old sherried Glengoyne and a special Glenfarclas Family Cask with little nut. Only the background salt disturbs the impression.
The intensity of a first sip makes the nose "close". Even if it is difficult - an intensive nose before the first sip is advisable. It takes time for the nose to pick up the subtleties again.
Even more sweet and surprisingly sparkling for 42.3%. Then it takes a moment for the flavors to develop. Yes, here we have a well-developed malt that does not deny its age.
In the mouth, the spice plays a stronger role than in the nose, but in no way displaces the fruitiness. A nice fruit basket, here now also candied apple, now also the eponymous fig, more berries, more compote, with nuts, coffee, pepper, later dark chocolate. I would have blindly typed it around 46%, such an intensity at 42.3% is remarkable.
Exhaling through your nose is pure pleasure.
A nice complementary and not intense dryness until the finish. Even now a nice balance: fruit, sweetness, spice and dryness result in an ideal symbiosis. With the fruits I am now with Turkish apple tea and figs. Coffee becomes clearer, the chocolate darker, cinnamon stick, nutmeg. I also had an association with cola. Interesting...
Long and intense, my preferences are met almost perfectly. Not too bitter like many other long-matured Sherry Cask bottlings.