...which is a typical modern sherried whisky without both flaws and highlights. Easy to quaff when you focus on different things than just whisky (e.g., trying to beat your friends in a poker game) but not really interesting to explore. Actually - this is what whisky is made for, in the first place.
The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers a modern sherry profile which is a little punchy due to the high abv but without flaws. Unfortunately, it is without highlights either so I call this an average modern sherry nose. Nothing wrong about that, but there were much better noses with previous batches before (e.g., batch 49 or 54).
The taste is all about a modern sherry maturation too with all these sour-winey flavours which come from the unmatured wine and you will never find in drams which matured in casks seasoned with old (matured) sherry. Do not get me wrong, I like this modern style too - it is just that I like the old-style even better... No flaw here either and even the powerful Aberlour malt is clearly detectable. Not too bad, the Aussies would say.
The initial mouthfeel is hot and just a little coating - I expected more, actually. The finish is of medium length and adds no significant new impressions but no distracting moments either. Some water does not change a lot and even a bigger splash does not open up the nose any further but it releases more sour-winey flavours on the palate and turns the finish much more peppery. Even on further reductions this dram swims like a flat iron but the water does no harm either. I like it with a big splash simply to overcome the alcoholic punchiness which is a little annoying with the neat dram.