...which are fully met. This is a modern sherry maturation in a cask seasoned with young (cheap) wine for not longer than the minimum period required (12 month according to Spanish law but I am not sure if this law was already in place back in 2009). The malt is as powerful as could be expected from Aultmore, a blending malt favoured by many master blenders because of its thick, oily texture. It is pretty nice to sip, and if you like modern sherry profiles this is a good catch as all three malt, sherry and wood are in perfect balance. What else to say? Nothing, except: Slàinte!
By the way: This is a shared bottling with WB209405.
The colour is deep gold and the nose offers a rather simple modern sherry profile with sour young winey aromas in abundance (sorry, but I prefer old wine over young). Beside this there are mineral impressions, some cheesy notes (not unpleasant, rather like a delicious Camembert) and white peppers. All in all, this is not my favourite nosing profile, but it is not bad either.
The taste is much better with both the sherry and the malt flavours more mature and in a nice balance to each other. the sherry offers interesting nuts, raisins and fruits (plums, oranges) while the malt adds waxes, barley sugars and summer floral impressions. I did not expect this given the rather average-only nose, and I like this modern taste. By the way, this dram is a real chewer.
The dram arrives warming and nicely coating on my palate without distracting moments. The finish is medium to long and adds a tasty milk chocolate flavour and more spices, both to my liking. The dram dries out a little towards the end, but this is not a big deal and many drinkers will even like it, most probably. Some water turns the dram more alcoholic, and a bigger splash strengthens the bitter side of the profile. Actually, this dram is perfect as it is (neat).