As expected this is an easy quaffable dram without flaws but without highlights too. One to sip when you just want to enjoy a nice dram and you are not in the "mood of investigation"...
[December, 2019] I opened another bottle of batch OMG 110 (bottled on 20/02/2013, imprint on package inside) that I bought for 58,50 Euo in September 2014 and fully confirm my old review and score. This is an easy-to-sip sherried dram without flaws (not a single whiff of sulphur) and highlights. Way better than the actual release of this standard Cardhu (now with a blue label).
The colour is burnished but as Diageo uses caramel on almost all of its standard releases this information is worth...nothing. The texture shows some fast and some medium legs as well as late fat sticky tears. The nose is on a delicate modern sherry profile with some vanilla, nougat and wooden aromas. After some breathing spicy and herbal notes join in and the woods grow stronger but never dominate. A fine sherry nose that is easy to sniff.
The taste again is on barley sugary and modern sherry induced flavours that are nicely balanced. Somewhat two-dimensional first but if you chew it for a while there is more to explore. The nougat pops up on the palate too and a fine creamy vanilla-toffee flavour stays all the time. This dram is a real chewer!
The dram arrives smooth and warming on the palate but is not very much coating. A little peppery feeling pops up after some seconds. The finish is of medium length with more spicy (peppery) and liquorice aromas. No bitter or drying notes but hints of dark chocolate in the end. Water is not needed.