..that is another very delicate composition of Dennis Malcolm if (how Jim Murray stated) "not the odd mildly sulphured cask has slipped through". But simply add some water and enjoy it on a warm summer night...
The colour is old gold and the texture shows very late slow legs and sticky tears. The nose offers a nice barley sugary and slightly sherry profile that is quite delicate and balanced.
The taste is barley sugary sweet with now stronger sherry flavours, really nice. And now I know how Jim Murray came to the conclusion of an "odd slightly sulphured cask" in this huge batch: It is neither in the nose nor on the palate but after a while I can detect a minor scurfy mouthfeel that sulphurous flavours usually induce. It is not annoying at all but nevertheless the dram would be better without it.
It arrives in the mouth warming and tongue-coating (not more) with no distracting bitter or astringent feelings. The finish is medium to long, very sweet and more spicy than both the nose and the palate. No bitterness or drying out - just this little scurfy mouthfeel. After adding some water this scurfy thing is gone and the whole dram improves a lot (its gets more balanced and mellow - that really makes a huge difference). So my score is for the reduced dram (neat it would be two points less).