For me, the Blossoming Auld Sherried is Couvreur's best whisky, which is still within an affordable range. And let me say in advance: It is a fantastic whisky! But one after the other ...
... the Blossoming Auld Sherried lies in the glass like a dark amber. The maturation in sherry barrels, in which sherry matured for several decades, gives hope for an intense and multi-layered aroma. This is a different league than the fully charged FirstFill sherry monsters made of sherry casks, which were filled with sherry for only a few years. And if you smell the whisky first, you might be disappointed at first. Less voluminous and deep than expected, it looks a bit weak and flat. But let this whisky breathe, preferably for 30-45 minutes and you will see its development:
Now the volume is larger, the aromas more intense. Boiled dark fruits, plum jam, dates and raisins dominate the aroma load with a very heavy sweetness and fruitiness. It reminds me of plum jam, forest honey and chocolate-covered raisins. Caramel and herbal aromas complement the boiled fruits, a little leather and old furniture wood make a subtle impression. With only 45% alcohol, the whisky is incredibly soft, smooth and syrupy, without the alcohol stinging in the nose when smelling. A terrific nose if you like whisky matured in sherry casks. 3-4 percent by volume more alcohol would have brought the aroma up one more level.
In the mouth it is soft, full-bodied, sweet with honey, the boiled dark fruits, dates, all sprinkled with a little pepper. The wood is now a little clearer than in the nose, but complements the sweet and dark fruit wonderfully. Dark chocolate in the direction of espresso and leather becomes stronger, the sweetness decreases and it becomes spicier overall with tannins (but not bitter!) And herbs. In the background, however, the cooked fruits always vibrate with honey. The alcohol is wonderfully integrated, but it will be somewhat watered down for all cask strength lovers. In conclusion, I will come back to that.
In the finish, spices such as pepper and nutmeg line the mouth, complemented by espresso, the dark boiled fruits and raisins. The tannins are clearly noticeable, they go in the direction of chewed coffee beans covered with chocolate. Everything harmonizes and is very smooth. The finish is medium to long in my eyes.
In conclusion, I have to state that the Blossoming Auld Sherried is a fantastic whisky for all sherry cask lovers. You can really feel that the sherry casks are of very high quality. These old school sherry notes typical of Couvreur are simply great. However, what bothers me is the fact that the whisky has been thinned down to 45%. Why are they doing this ?! The keg strength would have been (at least as I read it) anyway less than 50% alcohol ... why dilute it anyway? The whisky would be hard to beat in cask strength for me. He would play in the same league as the old SingleCasks from Glendronach or the old FamilyCasks from Glenfarclas. But unfortunately I have to say that the whisky is fantastic, but overall it lacks strength.
That's why I give a good 91/100 points.