Before I bought a few bottles a while back, I did read about the release and Japanese, American and European oak didn't sound too bad. Especially since only the European version seemed to be Sherry infused. Upon opening one of the bottles, I was hit by a wall of Sherry and nothing but Sherry. Totally unexpected, since the three types of casks should have resulted in a better balance.
I admit it, usually I take a detour around Sherry cask whiskies, but this time, it looked like I fell into the trap. Sherry is an absolute no-go for me, especially if the whisky comes from more than wet casks (or the balance is something like 99 Sherry and 1 Bourbon cask/s). However, I'm asking myself, is this really all Sherry or do I smell oak too?
The actual tasting trumps up with Sherry and some oak. Quite balanced, but not one for me. Smooth but very one-dimensional. Normally I can associate smell and taste with quite a number of impressions, not this time. There's nothing remarkable about this drink and considering that this sells around here (if still available) for about EUR 260.00 per bottle, you get very little for your money's worth. I can point you to whiskies with the same flavour profile that do cost a quarter of the mentioned price. Now, what to do with my other bottles (and this one)? Probably going straight into the kitchen to be used there for cooking.