Classic old school sherry nose, with dark, ripe fruits (berries and figs), stewed black tea, and roasted hazelnuts. The fruity Balblair spirit is still clearly present though, mingled in with notes of damp dunnage warehouses and soft, well-integrated oak. I get the feeling that there may have been some casks considerably older then 10 years old in the vatting. Wonderful nose then...and not suffering from the low bottling strength. The palate isn't quite as lucky, as the lower strength makes it slightly weaker and thinner than the nose promised. Having said that, the profile remains remarkably similar to the nose, with the sherry and fruits in the driving seat, albeit with some lovely, warming chilli spice added to the mix. Slightly short finish, with a touch of bitterness.