Color: dark amber / mahogany and damn oily in the glass ...
Nose: Without holding your nose over the glass, the intense sherry aroma is in the room just after pouring. A full, intense intense sherry aroma hits the nose, raisins and plum jam mix with a slight Lovage note and a well-integrated acid and oak tones. Holla the forest fairy, where I can smell forever. The barrel must have been outstanding. 15 years? In the nose he always looks older. In the second attempt the association of a cigar box or tobacco and leather comes to my mind, accompanied by dark chocolate, sour cherry and again plum jam / raisins. This beautiful spicy old and sour vinous note of sherry gives a wonderful overall picture. So far damn good and exactly my case. In the course, this wine-like fruity / acidic old sherry note increases and gives the emerging tart wood note a good antagonist.
Taste: What a wonderful mouth-to-mouth. Only strong spicy with pleasant tingles, there is a taste explosion of old sour / fruity sherry with all the taste associations of old wet wood, leather and tobacco so beloved by me. Strongly spicy, the drops remain throughout the mouth and the long finish is characterized by strong cocoa and a lot of espresso. The associations of tobacco / leather remain in the mouth for a long time and occupy the tongue as well as a slight residual acid reminiscent of sour cherry. Damn, I'm blown away from the part. The second sip is no less outstanding and gives at the beginning a sweet fruit note with tart oak and roasted flavors, which blends in wonderfully with the already mentioned taste associations. An excellent drop that really sweetened my evening!
Conclusion: Would I cover my self-imposed budget for the drop? Definitely YES, the drop is easily comparable to excellent Oloroso Sherry Single Cask bottlings from GlenDronach from 18 years upwards. And that even without being bottled in cask strength.