Nose: Sherry cask dominates the nose, a mix of match heads, raisins, cinnamon and aniseed, with a tire warehouse burning somewhere a few miles away. Closer again I have to think of engine oil and loamy earth, black powder also gets through. The Crofengea smoke together with the sherry cask also makes you think of some sulphur, as some connoisseurs react allergically.
Palate: Aromatic and slightly dry. The fruit aromas dominate, juicy apricots, dried oranges, cherry jam. In addition malt, milk coffee, pleasant peat smoke with a delicate spice component, I think of anise, liquorice and some pepper.
Finish: Long and dry, more wood and cinnamon here, plus dirty smoke from burnt plastic, but only very lightly and not at all disturbing.
Conclusion: A really strong whisky, more complex on the nose than on the palate. But as already mentioned: You have to like sulphur, even if I've had it much more crassly.
88/100 points (2022)