N: This refill sherry cask offers a relaxed/soft-matured malt with a decidedly aged & dusty-putty-fungal<dunnage profile with details of dusty raisins, lead soldiers [Ashley on fire once again], soggy-dry matches, olive=grape skin,.....
T: Rich, very rich and extremely full bodied on the palate. The sherry is very very quiet. Paradoxically there’s more the illusion of bourbon cask maturation given the taste, and a semblance of first-fill cask use given the fullness - the abv contributing to that too. Overall it’s giving out a fruity-varnished, dry & tasty [bourbon]-sweet aged/cask-fungal persona with a particularly smaller, more detailed note of smouldering fireworks.
F: More of that bourbon illusion, the sherry element of the cask rather insignificant - and that’s just fine. There is a good reason for this sherry=bourbon illusion, I'll see if i can find an article about it sometime soon - Ralfy mentioned it a few times too.
C: Twenty seven fabulous years spent in a very good refill sherry [not bourbon] cask, a cask still with just the right amount of oomph. It’s refreshing to have a whisky come from a sherry refill that’s about the cask itself and not the cask’s previous contents. Blog
Scores a B[-]