Eye / Nose: The malt itself initially baffles visually. That's an interesting color for a quarter of a century at Sherry Hogshead. A golden hue, which I would have unproblematically assigned to a bourbon keg, a rumfinish or something similar, can be recognized in the bottle. I have a rest JD single barrel from a tasting that looks almost identical. Now I'm a self-proclaimed Dark Sherry fan, but for long storages, of course, refills are perfect. This refill barrel here is reportedly arrived at the end of his long "service" at Laddie. A maximum of 3 assignments you think there to the barrels, so 'First Fill Refill Refill', then Sense. Our barrel should have been in use for at least 15 years, then another 10 and now at least 25 years. First assignment of the barrel with whisky would have been so 1965 probably. Ludwig Erhard was still at the helm in Germany. Who knows how long ago sherry had been stored in the good piece? The nose - such a long-matured malt, of course, deserves adequate time and rest again. Time to accept temperature, to unfold and to breathe. I treat 'Kate' half an hour in Glencairn. Patience is rewarded with an equally elegant and delicious, fruity-sweet aroma. Peaches mix with light grapes, gooseberries and blossom honey. No sulfur notes, pleasingly smells clean. Palate: A mild, downright pleasing malt spreads in the mouth. No oak bitterness that Hoppy's crew Valinch 14 had left me a little bit towards the end. No unpleasant sulfur, but the same elegant fruity notes as in the nose. The Malt looks complex, if a little reserved, light, in the figurative sense almost filigree. You have to devote time to this, this is a solitaire, similar to maybe the CV 13 'Jim McEwan'. Nothing to be wildly placed in a tasting. From the whole profile, more of a spring or summer whisky than a groan winter dram. Finish / Conclusion: The pleasantly clear, fruity line of the drums also pulls into the finish as expected. He now warms beautifully and nothing about him disturbs the harmonious overall picture. Very round and tasty. It may have taken years before the fire reached the sherry in the wood, but now it is fully recovered.