Wow this is rather impressive! What a great matured, intensely sherried, but balanced at the same time, whisky this is! It gives a waxy nose dipped in red fruits and dark spices. This must have been a high quality cask. Also fresh herbal influences are there like dried basil and star anise. What a great multi layered and richt nose!
What a full and pleasant mouthfeel. The body of the palate is nothing short of terrific! Thick syrupy with a candle wax kind of mouthfeel are a pleasure to the palate. Blueberries, milk chocolate, leather and dry tobacco. Also dry nuttiness in like toasted almonds. What a joy!
The finish is incredibly gentle and soft. The waxiness is responsible here for a mouthfeel that is truly fantastic! It really sticks to the palate. It gives stewed red fruits like plumb, grapes and some fig. The nuttiness inhere is more like hazelnuts and in this combination I get sensations of Nutella. The whole ends in a truly amazing high quality cigar tobacco wrapper. The outer leaf that gives a lot of flavor to a cigar.
For me this was the clear winner of the night. It really takes you back to the ‘60ties. A time when quality like this was almost common. I do not overly use the word fantastic but if there is a place and time to do so, it’s now!