Color: Orange-y Amber
Nose: That the sherry cask is doing a lot of the work here is apparent from the very first nosing. Moreover, depending somewhat upon your tastes, this is a unique and high-quality cask. More so than perhaps any other sherry-matured malt whisky I've ever tried, this one reminds me of Brandy de Jerez. There's a sort of burnt quality to the brown sugar and meaty scents that really produces a distinctive aroma. I'm also picking up a little metallic tinge, which I always enjoy. With time, it seems like I'm starting to catch a small bit of fresh fruit peeking through the salient notes. Unfortunately, I have no other experience with this distillate, so I can't speak to whether the cask is doing absolutely all the work here. Regardless, it's a pleasant nose for sure.
Taste: Pretty much what you'd expect from this very rich but not terribly sweet sherry profile. The nose is decidedly less earthy than it, but here it does remind me a bit of that very sherried Bunnahabhain that The Whisky Barrel bottled a few years ago for their own range. I was a big fan of that. This sips very nicely for being 60%+ ABV, by the way. I could do with a bit more viscosity, however; that's especially so given the burnt, dark profile that comes over from the nose. I'd be up for a big-time mouth-coater, and that's not what this is. Continuing with the brandy theme, it has a buttery edge that I often find in such spirits, ranging from grape to apple brandies.
Finish: Not especially long, a bit of a surprise with the aforementioned profile. The one consistent point throughout, the burnt note, does linger a bit.
Comments: Pretty good Brandy de Jerez via Sweden bottled by English who primarily deal in Scotch--isn't that something? Good enough stuff, for sure, although I don't hold it in quite the esteem some more prominent commentators do. Happy to have a bottle of this in my collection, though.