A superb and perfect matured old style sherry dram that (most probably) will never ever be reproduced again. These casks contained the finest oloroso sherry for years before they were shipped to Scotland - that is why the oak is not too heavy (the wine took its share) but the sherry is bold and rich (the wine left its share). Today it is the other way around because people do not drink sherry anymore but much more whisky instead (hence the casks are filled with sherry for a few months only to "produce" as many sherry casks as possible. By the way, the sherry goes down the drain afterwards as no one buys such huge quantities of sherry or vinegar these days)...
The colour is brown sherry and the texture shows just a sticky ring at the top of the glass that very slowly build fat, sticky tears (what a great oiliness!). The nose is all about an absolutely adorable old style oloroso sherry profile with all sherry-induced aromas one can think of and a beautiful OBF aroma (glue). The wood is not too heavy neither in the nose nor on the palate.
The taste is multi-layered on old style oloroso flavours, spices, appropriate wooden notes and a chewable fruity-sugary sweetness. Quite complex with no flaw that I can find. Water releases much more aromas in the nose and on the palate without getting bitter (as so many other heavy sherried drams) so actually I like it better when a little reduced (I accept that the power of the dram is reduced, too). But be careful and do not add to much of it - it never gets bitter but it flattens quickly.
The dram arrives instantly coating and nicely warming in the mouth with no distracting moments despite the 44 years of maturation. The finish is long and more spicy (peppers, ginger) what nicely peps up this dram towards the end. A minor drying feeling (papers) at the very end that is not distracting at all.