Nose: a real depth to it on arrival, like an old table that's been varnished over the years with beeswax. A trace of vanilla, a worn leathery aspect and apricots with a touch of orange. Dark chocolate, dried cinnamon bark, red apples and soaked raisins. Returning to the glass I'm taken by coconut, fresh strawberries and rolled tobacco.
Taste: an initial threat of sherry soon subsides, leaving a fruit punch of apples, rubbed brass, flaked almonds and a hint of Brasso, before the wood revives leaving a dry and pleasant finish. The sherry influence makes a revival towards the end with the apples an cinnamon delicately flowering alongside red liquorice.
Overall: take your time with this whisky. It's an old soul that needs patience to really unlock its depths. I believe this doesn't require water, just time.