...and this dram is exactly what I stated 16 years ago: An easy drinkable old-style sherried dram with a fat but rather simple profile. Nothing spectacular, but dangerously quaffable.
[March, 2005] I had this dram during a MaRa rarities tasting at Limburg.
In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5. My notes state a fat sherry profile comparable to the "Grants 1952".
The colour is very dark at auburn and the nose offers a fat old-style sherry profile with significant (but not too strong) wooden notes. The malt is not recognisable at the first sniff but it opens up upon breathing. The malt's profile is very simple, mainly on caramel notes but the sherry is beautiful with leather, coffee beans and nuts beside the usual sherry-induced aromas.
The taste is impressive and powerful almost like a thick liqueur made of (sherry) wine, very delicious and quaffable. Yes, it is a little simple but why must every whisky be complex? It is tasty with some notes of rum and Grand Marnier together with black tea and herbs, quite an interesting combo. Certainly an unusual style.
The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate with some bitter-astringent moments from the wood (tannins at work). The finish is long and again rather wood-driven but the fat sherry flavours keep the tannins under control, somewhat. Wood-heads will love this, too me it is a little too much cask influence - sorry folks. There is a minor cardboardy impression towards the end but this is not a major deal. Water turns the dram smoother but the I prefer it neat.