Old, you can tell. Strong, with very well integrated alcohol and very balanced. Sweet, but also spicy. Old leather armchairs and dry tobacco. A spice market. Creamy, and then the fruits come out, raisins, plums and everything rolled in brown sugar. Dark rock candy and some maple syrup - it stays sweet but also with a little spice.
I don't notice anything bad from the barrel or from too much oak, the age here shows all strengths and no weaknesses. Oranges and other tropical fruits show up, this is where the age-related complexity comes out and that's just great! with a little more time in the glass it becomes even softer and a touch sweeter with more vanilla sugar, but the beautiful sherry aromas remain present and always bring that beautiful dark note with them.
Again perfect alcohol - extremely well integrated but nice power and a real explosion of flavors in the whole mouth. This power is surprising for old age, but it fits very well. It starts out rather tart and spicy, with tobacco and leather. Rock sugar and cooked plums are there, but not as sweet as they are on the nose. The spice market is in the foreground again, which reminds me of beautiful Sherry Glen Morays - very tasty! A shot of espresso and then the fruit comes out again, led by a great orange. Slightly bitter, but rather a slight note of bitter orange without oak. Dangerously tasty, everything fits together here, and yet many aromas alternate nicely - this is how an old whisky should taste.
Medium length, with bitter orange, leather and black chocolate. Still perfectly integrated alcohol, some mint shows up and suggests some alcohol, but only in the background. After swallowing, a little mint or after eight sticks to the palate.
The raisins caramelized in the brown sugar also stay there and alternate with the various spices.
A wonderful old sherry dram - everything fits! Easy to drink and with a lot of fun exploring.
N-91, T-90, F-90 for tasty 90 points