This is a beautiful and flawless old style sherry whisky that is elegant and very enjoyable to sip. Is it worth 1.000 Eurobucks? No, of course not! As a drinker I am willing to pay up to 400 Euro for a bottle of this quality...
The colour is tawny and the texture shows slow legs and fat sticky tears. The nose is all about these adorable old style oloroso sherry profiles with cooked and fresh fruits, nuts, some honey and beeswax as well as herbal (eucalyptus, menthol) aromas. All nicely balanced, clean and surprisingly fresh for a 38 years long maturation. I really like it.
The taste is very complex and multi-layered on lots of different fruits (the typical old Balblair profile when they used the mysterious "third" still that unfortunately was dismanteled some years ago), the typical sherry flavours (like raisins), manuka honey and nicely spicy wooden notes. Again greatly balanced and taste bud charmingly creamy.
The dram arrives instantly coating and warming on the palate with no distracting moment at all - bottled exactly at the right time. The finish is long and offers more of the delicious honey and spicy wooden flavours. Now the herbs pop up again, too. No bitter or astringent feelings at all, simply superb. Water is not needed as this dram is perfect as it is...