...and this is very special, indeed. The nose is truly excellent and in the best tradition of sixties' sherry maturations with both a very high complexity and perfect balance. The taste and finish is great too, with delicious chocolatey flavours in a spicy and waxy setting. Great stuff from the past, no doubt.
The colour is burnished and the nose offers an excellent old-style sherry maturation without any flaw. This is complexity and harmony at its best, both all the fine 'farclas malt's and fino sherry's aromas are present and all combine to an impressive nose I could sniff for hours. There some tasty OBF's too, oh - how I adore these! The wood is perfect and neither too strong nor too weak. After some breathing this nose grows even more spectacular so take your time with this dram. And use a big spherical blender's glass for nosing, if available.
The taste is multi-layered on dozens of different flavours in a superb mix. They can be perfectly explored while chewing the dram for some time, and they march across my taste buds in a victory parade. All starts with fruits and honeys but the bitter-spicy flavours join in quickly and ensure the balance of the profile. Again I do not find any flaw, all is close to perfection. Even the wood is okay for such a long maturation (strong but not over-powering).
The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating (but not I expected more in this respect, to be honest) without distracting moments. The finish is medium to long and adds more spicy wooden notes without turning bitter or astringent until the very end. The chocolatey impressions get even more tasty after the dram went down my throat, I like that. Water unlocks additional waxy-chalky aromas in the nose and the taste turns more to the bitter side of the profile, I prefer this dram neat.