... and this one is excellent too! It is a style of a single malt distillate that is hard to find these days - it is neither designed nor engineered, it is just absolutely honest. No flaw, no off-note and the best: not the slightest hint of sulphur in a modern sherry cask maturation! Dangerously quaffable, I wish I had bought more than just this bottle...
The colour is tawny and the nose offers a fine modern sherry profile with peaty, toffee and spicy wooden aromas in a balanced mix. It is quite shy with the neat dram but opens up nicely with some drops of water added. All of a sudden a firework of different aromas pop up that is very interesting to explore and turns you addicted to sniff that...
The taste is a beautiful combo of creamy toffee-driven malt flavours, sherry-induced aromas and peaty as well as spicy wooden notes. No one tries to dominate the others so all play together in perfect harmony. Just the sherry is sometimes a little less integrated into the orchestra with some sour winey flavours stand out a little bit. But this is not distracting as it adds a rather interesting note to the taste. I really like this setting! Water integrates all the different flavours even better and turns the dram into a dangerously quaffable drink. I like it best when reduced to about 48% abv.
The initial mouthfeel is warming and instantly coats the mouth with a pleasant creamy feeling without distracting moments. The finish is long and adds more chocolatey flavours (delicious!). No bitter or drying moments at all, the dram vanishes the same way as it entered the stage: honest and with dignity.