Smell: A balanced, full, seductive and complex whisky with aromas of dried stone fruits, lush sherry, leather, beeswax, antique polish, varnish, caramel, fudge, dark honey, toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, sweet sulphur, red apples, mocha, coffee liquor, rosewood, cedar wad, oak, pear, mineral tones, tobacco, floral tones, malt, muesli, dried lemon peels, earthy tones, apricots, armagnac, star anise, balsamic and rich creamy oak.
Taste: A rich, full, powerful, sweet and complex whisky with aromas of lush sherry, dried fruits (figs, dates, plum, apricot) nectarines, appel, pear, oranges, grapefruit, dark honey, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, caramel, bitter tannins, coffee, bitter (+80%) chocolate, licorice, rosewood, dry oak, sweet tobacco, pepper, ginger, almonds, green walnuts, lemon curd, marmite, smoked ham, molasses, antique polish, was, dried cherries, apple pie, soy and spicy oak.
Finish: A long and dry finish with aromas of bitter tannins, dry sherry, tutti-frutti, cinnamon, pepper, cloves, rosewood, ginger, oranges, licorice, and firm old oak.
Conclusion: A very dense, lush and complex whisky that really needs some time in the glass to open up. The lush sherry is well balanced and the complexity of this dram keeps surprising you with different flavours every time you come back to it.
A great whisky that I can wholeheartedly recommend.