Only slightly deviates from the established recipe for success in the nose with a few unusually present (probably due to the sherry influence) fruit notes, the rest is flawless HP happy hour.
Fairly present light fruitiness for a half board: apricot, apricot, peach, plus canned pineapple and banana-Nutella-Crépe. Then there is the holy trinity of honey, heather and gentle, aromatic peat smoke. The sherry cask holds back elegantly, but you wouldn't confuse this here with a bourbon cask maturation either. If anyone knows these ten-year-old SV-Un-Chillfiltered-Glenlivets from (unusually light) first-fill sherry butts: the sherry influence goes in exactly that direction. So you ask yourself whether it was classic Oloroso or something "brighter", but there is definitely no rubber, no gunpowder involved, no missing notes from the barrel, which can happen with UA things. All in all, a super beautiful and balanced nose, well worth the money.
Strike! Right from the start, the full load of classic HP flavors: spicy, minimally peppery, full, round and sweet (the honey again), floral-herbaceous, gently smoky. Tastes like the perfect cross-section between the OA 12 and 18 - only with a very welcome higher filling strength of 46%.
Coffee / espresso, dark chocolate, croissant with honey, the banana-nutella crèpe also flashes again briefly. Long, super clean finish with the wonderful heather and smoke notes that define HP. Top.