Good, but I prefer the regular 14. The sherry influence is quite light: it seems that the finish was either quite short, or the casks were not so fresh. Even though I have a sample size of 1, the oloroso seco does seem to be a bit drier than I would expect. It’s very dry and savoury overall, which I feel like I might not jive with sometimes. Lots of notes that I really enjoy in the regular 14 are still here: the wax, the dark rye, the savoury spice. I think a richer texture and a longer finish would have improved the dram quite a lot.
Nose: Sweet and lightly fruity. Plenty of strawberries, macerated with white sugar. Definitely some beeswax, as expected. Some gentle barley notes and a hint of grapefruit peel. A bit of salt, and something vaguely savoury sitting in the back. Ahh, some fresh-baked dark rye bread, which I think I remember getting in the 14. Some dried flowers, varnished hardwood, dry wine, and baking spices.
Palate: Light texture. Less sweet than the nose. Floral and dry on the arrival, with potpourri, toffee, honey, and wax. Perfumed and slightly savoury on the development. Spun sugar, nutmeg, a hint of cumin, and some dried oregano. Some oak and mustard seed on the back end, maybe with some cooked vegetables as well.
Finish: Light, slightly fragile. A bit more salt. Bubblegum, raisins, honey, and wax.