The sherry is instantly present on the nose. First of all there is a very distinct marzipan tone, which then subsides and turns into deep sherry. The whole thing is not as sweet as you might fear with PX, there are herbs, maybe also lovage - but not as a disturbing Maggi note. That actually smells like a cozy autumn evening. Ripe cherries are also there, strong cherry jam, dried apricots. The alcohol is slightly noticeable fresh but well integrated and not prominent. Overall, the aroma is strong.
The first sip is very strong, the alcohol carries the aromas massively forward, sherry, sweetness, herbs. In the second sip there is also cherry syrup and wood comes out. The hogshead has left strong marks and the alcohol remains strong, tingling on the tongue. The whisky has a rather brutal aroma, is certainly not for someone who likes finely chiseled flavors. It's a dessert whisky that is strong, has a certain sweetness - and concentrated sherry.
A herbaceous wood note remains in the aftertaste, sherry with wood remains on the palate, the lovage remains with other dried herbs, perhaps a little tarragon. No trace of bitterness - but also no recognizable aroma of the whisky.
This is a whisky that is carried by its finish. A strong sherry whisky that could hold its own against a hearty meal. So actually a dessert whisky. Is it the fine art of finishing? Here the wooden sculpture is created with the coarse ax - but that can also have its charm. And the sherry lovage tarragon oak stays in your mouth for a long time ...