Light gold, with a slight bronze cast, the malt shimmers in the glass. No typical (deep) red sherry color, as you know it from Glendronach or Glenfarclas. Since the barrel no further information was made and I can not grab dark-red fruit notes or raisins, I suspect a bright sherry variant as a color, maybe Manzanilla or more of an Amontillado?
In any case, the range in the glass ranges from sweet oak, candied (walnut) nuts, lemon peel and shortbread. Not terribly spectacular or extraordinary, but pleasant.
Oops, there we have it. Extremely sweet, yet powerfully spicy and mouth-filling. In the mouth immediately stronger and more present than in the nose. Butterscotch, roasted almonds / candied nuts and rum punch (?). The whole thing with a bit of hot pepper in the background, before the sweet-spicy oak flavors and minimal smoke come forward.
Very pleasant interplay between "extremely sweet" and "very spicy", the whole thing with beautifully integrated cask strength. Water does not need it here, I have never tried.
Sweetish / spicy-tart citrus and oak flavors determine the finish. The spicy notes stay on the palate for a long time and ensure a long and warm finish with minimal dry bitterness at the end. Even after minutes you can still feel the spice and minimal smoke in the mouth.