...and this dram did not help to clarify the enigma either. This is a good standard sherry maturation without specific highlights and a rather weakish finish. As a drinker I am not willing to pay more than 120 Euro for a bottle of such quality. So, can anybody please explain why this is hyped?
The colour is deep copper and the nose offers a flawless old style sherry profile that is mainly herbal-driven with waxy and earthy aromas. Not bad but nothing special either, I had dozens of Scotch drams with a comparable nosing profile (hint: look out for Glenfarclas or Glendronach PX maturations of about the same age). In a large blender's nosing glass it shows a minor perfumy-soapy note (lavendar) that I do not like and which is not detectable when using a classic Glencairn glass. The complexity of this nose is fine (but not great) on herbal, spicy, waxy, oily and very shy sherry aromas that slowly grow stronger upon breathing.
The taste is sherry winey-sweet and spicy-herbal bitter in a nice and tasty combo. But it is not layered at all and somehow rather simple (not really complex). Nevertheless, very enjoyable and easy sippable (if you do not think of the price per sip). After some chewing delicious dark chocolatey flavours pop up together with more hot spices (white pepper, chili).
The initial mouthfeel is not very impressive - a little hot and a little coating with a minor drying-astringent touch (artificial notes of plastics and cold metals). The finish is rather short and more spicy with again this minor drying-astringent feeling of cold plastic-wrapped metals). Water releases additional chalky and spring floral aromas in the nose but it turns the taste flatter and the finish (even) shorter. I like the neat dram best.