...and it is a nice modern (dry) oloroso sherry cask maturation without any flaws. The sherry is bold but both the malt and the wood can manage to create a balanced profile (after some chewing). There are a lot of interesting and delicious aromas and flavours to explore in this dram, and it is a pure pleasure to sip - finally.
The colour is very dark at mahogany and the nose offers a lush modern oloroso sherry profile without flaws or off-notes. The malt struggles hard to shine through this massive wall of winey aromas but it manages it, finally. The woods are firm but appropriate in this setting. I like the old leathery note which grows stronger upon breathing.
The taste is nicely layered and greatly chewable, a real stunner. It offers all the adorable oloroso-induced flavours in a perfect wooden framing. The malt-driven flavours require some chewing to be unlocked but it works very well after that. Beside these there are delicious impressions of coffee beans, dark chocolates (or cocoa beans), fruits of all kinds and again leathery notes. Later the spices enter the spotlights with many different impressions (from vanilla to cinnamon to peppers and ginger). While the taste is very sherry-driven first it balances out after some chewing which is great. The wood again is perfect in this setting - significant but never dominating.
The initial mouthfeel is quite hot first which quickly turns into a warming and coating effect. The wood and the sherry add a minor dryness which is not distracting. The finish is long and adds more chocolatey, earthy and bitter tea-ish/herbal impressions both from the sherry and the woods. Water releases more malty aromas in the nose and on the palate so it is worth a try - but finally I prefer the neat dram.