Aberlour 15-year-old, Sherry Wood Finish, 40 vol, from Michael Jackson's Malt Whisky Companion (4th edition)
A marriage of sherry and Bourbon. Finished in sherry.
Colour: fuller reddish amber.
Nose: roses, candyfloss (cotton candy), slightly buttery.
Body: very firm. Smooth.
Palate: rounded, tightly combined flavours. Beautiful balance of sherryish nuttiness, anise, and emphatic orange-flower.
Finish: cookies, licorice toffee. Rootiness, spiceness, emphatic mint, late dryness.
From Whisky Magazine:
Michael Jackson Nose: Roses, candyfloss, slightly buttery. Palate: Perfect balance of sherry and the malty, spicy, house character. The two elements are tightly combined, with the spicy flavours emerging slowly: nutmeg, aniseed and emphatic orange-flower. Finish: Liquorice toffee. Mint. Comment: Complex and sophisticated.Doug McIvor Nose: Beautifully mellow, sherryish, grassy with a little marzipan and mint toffee. Palate: Enveloping, creamy and nutty with a teasing sherry and gentle peaty twist. Peppermint prickle. Finish: Long, soothing, with a minty and spicy end. Comment: A biggish-bodied Aberlour which helps to lengthen the complex effects of the double maturation.