...which was the best in that line-up, by far. It matured in a close-to-exhausted sherry cask which provided a lot of subtle aromas and flavours without any imbalance (like some fine 4th fill Glenfarclas Family Casks). Not to be enjoyed when in a hurry or after modern "heavily spiked" whiskies - despite its age I suggest to drink it rather at the beginning of a tasting when the taste buds are still fresh and attentive.
The colour is deep gold and the nose offers an oily and honeyed-waxy profile with rather shy sherry aromas only. It is subtle and delicate with just whiffs of peat smoke in a very balanced setting. Take your time to explore this dram because it needs both some breathing time and search efforts to catch all the fine aromas. After significant breathing (20 minutes, better more) the sherry aromas grow stronger as do the spices of the wood so the dram maintains its excellent balance.
The taste is subtle too with sweet barley sugars and honeys first followed by winey sherry flavours. Then oils and waxes deliver old-style impressions - but where is the wood? Another sign of a leached cask. Without the wooden support the taste is a little thin, unfortunately.
The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating without distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and adds some spicy flavours, finally. No bitter or drying moments until the very end but again a little thin. Water releases more old-style aromas in both nose and palate, I like this dram best when reduced to about 45% abv.