[October 2022] Another blended malt from Phil and Simon, and I liked them all as easy drinking stuff at reasonable prices (so far). A 20-years old sherry edition at around 85 Eurobucks looks okay-ish these days....
...and it is! Both the nose and the taste are really great and remind me of some of the best old stuff from the long-gone Paxarette days. Just the mouthfeel and finish are a little thin, but hey: Re-sip quickly this delicious stuff and you will not notice about these little downsides, I promise. Perfect stuff to quaff if you are into the old-style heavier sherried malts and you do not care too much about the quality of the spirit's texture (mouthfeel/finish).
Given the malt's profile I guess there is quite a significant share of Glenrothes in this blend, maybe enriched by a minor share of Macallan. There is a slight chance this could be a modern "tea-spooned" Macallan too, in this case it is much better than all of the modern Macallan I tasted through the last decade.
The colour is burnished, and the nose offers -wow! - an old-style sherried profile which reminds me of the old Paxarette days (but not the over-sherried drams at the end of that period, but rather the carefully improved malts like the early-eighties Macallan). There are all the fine sherry-induced aromas in this nose one can dream of, and the malt is still able to hold its head up high. A truly distinctive and very enjoyable nose for a sherried malt these days.
The taste proves this nosing impression from former times, with again some notes which remind me of the old (good) Paxarette days with dozens of adorable fruits, honeys, waxes and barley sugars in perfect balance. Not a single off-note or imbalance that I can find, and the wood is absolutely okay to provide a firm structure without meddling too much with my taste buds. This is dangerously quaffable sherried stuff, and if you do not want to pay unreasonable bucks for old sherried malts go for this blended malt to get a glimpse on how good the old stuff was (forget about the finish of this one, but nose and taste are close).
The dram arrives a little thin on my palate with neither a warming nor a coating effect which is another sign of modern drams that are distilled using rushed processes (because of the whisky boom). Hence, the finish is rather short, but the good news is there are no distracting moments either. Too bad, because otherwise this would have been a 90-points candidate dram, not kidding. Water releases waxes, herbals and some tobacco notes in the nose, but it turns the taste flatter. Actually, I like to nose this dram a little reduced and prefer to drink it neat (using two glasses).