Dufftown 20 yo 1981/2002 (50%, DL Old Malt Cask, sherry)
Colour: dark amber, a little brownish. Nose: big, bold sherry and some strong notes of Guiness beer. Quite smoky and rubbery, and perhaps some sulphur from the cask. Lots of coffee and toffee, with plenty of fresh mint and smoked tea. Some very interesting meaty notes (smoked ham, sausages). Lots of ashes developing after a while. What a nice nose, quite complex! Mouth: wow, what a nice attack! Lots of sherry but not of the ‘lumpish’ kind, rough but complex. Heavy dried orange, green pepper, and lots of ‘winey’ notes, again of the best kind. Some milk chocolate and some caramel… It gets a little sour and woody, but within reasonable limits. Sure it’s a sherry infusion – more a fortified sherry than a sherried whisky, but it’s a very good one. Besides, the finish is very long, on Rivesaltes wine, or Maury. Excellent! 88 points.