I really liked the pure bourbon cask maturation from last year, the bourbon / sherry mix from the previous year a little less, so I was curious to see whether the two sherry casks in Vatting really make themselves felt - and if so Yes how.
Well then, the sherry barrels (maybe) had a hint in their nose. There were hints of raisins and dried figs, which were not very pronounced - which I personally welcome, because Kilchoman from the (pure) bourbon barrel is a combination that basically never leads to bad or even mediocre results.
The smoky note is not intense, but still clearly visible. Freshly mown meadow, lemon juice, warm tray. Raisins and dried figs? Maybe. There is something that wants to come forward but cannot prevail.
A herbal, spicy note swings underground from the start, which initially reminds of juniper berries and then moves towards bay leaves and allspice.
Dry and strong start, which immediately comes up with intense chocolate notes, herbs, honey and a warm tin roof. Cold, ashy smoke from a campfire, lemon wedges impaled over the fire to dry. Black tea, hayloft, vanilla, forest honey. Increasingly seasoning, it becomes pepperier, more intense, also with regard to the smoke.
Medium-long, dry and intensely smoky finish. Malt, honey, vanilla, toffee, cold coffee.