In memory of my father, here's to you Dad.
I used my best glass for this one and when I took the glass lid off and inhaled it nearly blew my nose off, which was really unexpected.
A an extremely jammy old Laphy all on dark fruits, fruit pastilles, dark polished wood and some definite oak in the mix.
With a little air there is some brine and I swear I get hints of rhubarb which in whisky I have only had about 3 times
There is a little peat in the mix perhaps some trademark iodine but nowhere near what you might expect but after 10 minutes in the glass the trademarks start expressing themselves much more.
Dark treacle notes emerge, salted caramel but the dark jam notes are still to the fore, a multi layered nose for sure.
This for me is very difficult to score, there is so much going on but the fumes in the glass seem exaggerated, you almost have to wade through them and the aromas are constantly changing between the sweeter jams and the earthy elements.
Jesus its like silk in a glass, what a lovely mouthfeel but it is also very dry and the oak is most definitely there but not overpowering because of the superb quality of the sherry casks.
I have to say as mouthfeels go you would struggle to better this, that is my first impression anyway.
The sherry is perfectly weighted mixing with subtle peat, dark toffees, some pepper emerges , various other spices.
I thought this was a little dry at first but as balance and everything else go it is spot on
Your tongue tingles, you are left wanting more, so expressive