...which is good, as this cask was spoiled with burning sulphur-candles too! Luckily this disgusting flavour is not that strong and the fine sherry soothes the pain, so this dram is drinkable - no doubt. And without the sulphur it would be pretty good, maybe...
The colour is chestnutoloroso sherry and the nose is very punchy first, no wonder at 60.2% abv. Below the powerful alcohol there is a bold modern sherry profile with slight whiffs of sulphur, unfortunately. Even after some breathing the high proof still blocks most other aromas to enfold so this nose cries for water. Upon a fair reduction it opens up nicely but the sulphurous aromas (spent matches and fireworks) grow stronger too.
The taste is that of a slightly sulphur-spoiled modern sherry (sorry Serge, this is not old-style!) but actually it is not bad as the sulphur is somewhat contained by the heavy sherry notes. For a description of the flavours see Serge's note at whiskyfun - my taste buds regularly are blocked when sulphur is in the game. Water turns the taste smoother, clearly I prefer this dram with a fair share of water at around 45% abv.
The initial mouthfeel is very hot and peppery - the high proof takes no prisoners - and there is this typical sulphurous bitter-scurfy feeling that I do not like. The finish is long (like with all sulphur-spoiled drams - the devil prefers to stay a while) and it gets a little bitter-drying. Water smoothes this away.