...from a secret distillery that everybody knows who loves complex and balanced sherried malts. It reminds me of some of the finest Family Casks editons (not joking) and given its drinking quality it is sold for a reasonable price. Great stuff, there are even some old-stylish impressions with this dram which I like very much.
PS: I like the nick-name given to me at a fassstark-forum "der berüchtigte Ferkel-Verteurer". But to be honest, my aim is the exact opposite: To get the whisky prices back to a reasonable level where quality, drinking pleasure and price points are in some kind of equilibrium.
[September, 2020] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my old score and review. This is an excellent modern whisky which is neither drowned in the sherry nor killed by the wood. Hence it is... delicious and dangerously quaffable. By the way, I emptied the bottle tonight and I enjoyed it very much.
The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers an impressive oloroso sherry profile with truckloads of different nuts and an adorable OBF note (furniture polish) which I really like. All the usual suspects are in this aromas mix as weii, like oranges, plums, raisins, cinnamon and many more. A fine modern sherry nose, no doubt. The malt aromas hide a little shy in the background but after some breathing they dare to show up with honeys, summer floral impressions and both beeswax and candlewax. Given this profile I guess this is a Glenfarclas (actually, I am pretty sure).
The taste is nicely layered on sour winey, sweet malty and bitter wooden flavours in an (unholy) trinity. These different impressions fit perfectly together and form a quite impressive tasting profile. No flaw or off-note that I can find but a lot of delicious flavours charm my taste buds. In addition to the ones of the nose I find some interesting coffee beans (dark roast), hot spices (ginger, chili, peppers) and a dark chocolate note. Very quaffable, indeed.
The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate with some minor bitter-astringent moments (tannins) but they fit nicely to the sweet winey and malty flavours. The finish is medium to long and adds even more of the delicious nuts and waxes, I like this combo in a sherry setting. The OBF furniture polish of the nose comes back towards the end and an old leathery impression joins in. Excellent. Water releases more malt-driven aromas in the nose (e.g. mineral-chalky ones) and turns the taste smoother but flatter too. I like the neat dram best.