In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5. My notes state "without flaws and highlights".
[December, 2019] I opened another bottle of batch LKPG 4686 that I bought for 61,50 Euro in September 2014 - so I can do proper tasting notes now...
...and this is a very quaffable balanced sherried dram with all ingredients (malt, sherry, wood) in perfect harmony. No, there are no highlights in terms of spectacular impressions or quick resp. hard taste buds hits and yes, this is good! I can quaff several drams of this "unspectacular" malt in a row while I will stop after the first sherry-monster-dram, usually (because these monsters own a "hit-and-run profile", meaning they inject bold first impressions but nothing new which is of interest after that).
The colour is tawny and the nose offers a flawless modern sherry profile that is rather shy. After all the Glenfarclas Family Casks tastings this is somewhat unimpressive but still much better than most of today's designed sherry-only drams. In this nose I find the fine Aberlour aromas too which turns it balanced with all three malt, sherry and wood-induced impressions.
The taste is much more sherry-driven than the nose and even somewhat layered. The malt flavours are on eye-level with the sherry while the wood is firm but never dominating. No flaw that I can find (certainly no sulphur) and all perfectly balanced - the longer I chew it the more I like it. The apricot and chocolate notes are very delicious, this is quaffable without any doubts.
The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate without distracting moments. The finish is medium to long and adds liquorice and spicy impressions without distracting moments again. Water is not needed.