N: This is as dense a sherry whisky as you’ll find - and It gives butter-fudge with cranberries!!! - and that wood character, wow. Compared to the 1980/2015 WB, this isn’t ashy - more tobacco leaf [partially dried], tree sap/resin and a whole gambit of sweet & dried fruits, ham/gammon and chocolate covered berries. It has to be said no other distillery, Japan or otherwise comes close to matching this character.
T: So intense, but settles soon enough with dense, woody cough syrups, sweet syrups and raspberry & redcurrant lozenges, with the sherry cask and malt spirit working harmoniously. Thats some nice chew - like malty, leaf tobacco should [in dreams], and dry as a bone malt into the finish
F: Theres the tobacco now - fully fledged, with the vanilla-malt still strong, smoked gherkins and roll mop? [My palate is clean i promise]. Dusty, dry wood lingers after the vanilla malt has taken its leave, unrushed. Very dry and ashy at the death.
C: Rather than wishing for more, I will be grateful for what [little] i received.
Scores an A[-] 91