...but unfortunately, it can not. I tasted several dozens of cask samples of six to ten years old drams from different distiileries during the last weeks and to be honest: most of the sherried drams tasted all about the same - like this one. They are all driven by these modern "designed" sherry casks that are produced by the Spanish bodegas upon request of the Scottish distilleries - not because the bodegas want to produce and sell sherry, they own most of their money by producing whisky casks nowadays. Unfortunately, such casks all taste the same hence young spirits matured in such casks all taste the same as well.
Do not get me wrong, this is drinkable and if you do not know older sherried drams these youngsters are quite enjoyable too. But there is nothing of interest about these drams, and I am into whisky because I am curious to explore new aromas, tricky flavours and interesting profiles. Sorry folks, these "streamlined" hence uniform modern styles are not to my liking...
The colour is deep gold and the nose is very shy first and it opens up slowly upon breathing only. Then it offers the typical modern "designed" sherry style without much malt contributions (the malt is too young, as simple as that). There are no flaws but there are no highlights either, to me this is another boring "paedophelic" sherry nose.
The taste is (a little) better as the sherry is not too dominant here and provides some space for the underaged malt flavours. No, I do not prefer these flavours but at least they provide some other aspects to my curious mind than just another boring modern "sherrsky"-taste (as many others). To be honest, I do not ask for a second dram...
The initial mouthfeel is hot with just a minor coating effect and some peppery moments. The finish is of medium length and contributes no additional impressions. There is an increasing drying mouthfeel towards the end of the finish as so often with these designed sherry casks (the wood is simply too tannic, still). Water releases some more chalky aromas in the nose and smoothes the taste, I like this dram best when reduced to about 46% abv.