First impression: savory sherry, herbal/spicy, slightly vegetal (artichoke?), lots of liquorice, and mild, earthy smoke. Subdued "red" fruitiness (berries), worn leather, lovage, as well as a salty/mineralic twang, perhaps from the peated components. Because of the low strength, it's all pretty soft, but still very complex and layered. The old wood makes its presence felt with nice notes of mint and eukalyptus, and you can still sense the typical Speyside fruits & florals beneath the sherried veneer. I consider this a very nice, understated nose that I could definitely spend some time with.
Very mild-mannered arrival, with soft, well-aged oak upfront, then jammy fruits and some soft, ashy smoke, before the oak kicks in, together with chocolatey notes and some sweet and ripe exotic fruits: melon, papaya, guava. You're left wishing the fruitiness would be more intense and have more staying power, but it's pretty great while it lasts. You also get a good sense of the age as it goes down, with the old oak and the lush fruits working in tandem. Gets perhaps a bit bitter at the death, but then the sweetness comes back in the aftertaste.
At 42%, the mouthfeel is not exactly spectacular, but it still has good viscosity and a pretty oily afterfeel. Sure, this could be stronger, but it's still very good older sherried whisky.
Definitely suffers from the low ABV. Some mild spices, soft sherry, ashy smoke, and laid-back oak, but it's all pretty faint and evanescent.