...which seems to be some kind of double maturation with refill bourbons casks at the beginning and a sherry butt to marry the different malts (for at least three years, otherwise it could not be called "matured in a sherry butt"). Both malt and sherry flavours are on par and clearly identifyable which is rather unusual if this was a full 18-years sherry maturation (and by the way: Why should someone blend new makes from different distilleries into one sherry butt? I never heard of such a practice).
Nonetheless, this is easy quaffable stuff for all lovers of modern (not too heavy) sherried drams for reasonable bucks. The distilleries are hard to guess, could be a Glenrothes or a Tamdhu given the malt's profiles.
[May, 2021] I re-tasted this dram tonight and it seems this malt greatly benefits from oxidation in an almost empty bottle. Tonight I like it even better and increase my score to 89 points but I leave the detailed ratings as they were with the first tasting. This is excellent quaffable stuff at a reasonable price, and surprisingly still available (a good friend who tasted this dram at my cellar immediately bought a bottle last week).
The colour is tawny and the nose offers a typical modern sherry profile. It is quite punchy for 46.1% and in a blind setting I would have guessed an abv significantly above 50%. There are a lot of spices in the mix (peppers, chili) beside the young sherry aromas. Upon breathing additional waxes, floral notes and honeys pop up while the sherry retreats somewhat. A fine nose without off-notes, indeed.
The taste is quite comparable with all three malt, sherry and wooden flavours in good balance. It is nicely chewable but not layered with again many different hot spices, toffee-notes, waxes and leathery impressions beside the winey sherry notes. No flaw or off-note, but (almost) no fruits either. After some chewing delicious notes of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans join in which I like very much (do you remember the chocolate-coated coffee beans they served at some cafés years ago? ).
The dram arrives a little hot (peppery) and coating on the palate with a minor drying feeling (from the wine, not the wood). The finish is of medium length and turns even more drying on the sherry notes with some herbal impressions added. There is a minor bitter feeling towards the very end which is not distracting at all. Water turns the nose sour-winey and the taste more dark chocolatey - I like this dram both neat and somewhat reduced to about 40% abv.