There is really nothing subtle about this malt. Big, bold Oloroso notes, the flavours slap you across the face, but everything is in balance and no off notes at all. I’m not really a sherry whore, like many, but this is pretty undeniable. Putting it beside a similar glendronach and it blows it away. A benchmark of modern sherried whisky. Thanks to my friend for the sample
Dry Oloroso sherry. New leather, espresso, bakers chocolate, brisket crust, barrel char, dark cherries, dried blueberries, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, clove. Earthy woods like dried firewood, twigs and leaves.
Dry and rich. Spice builds - pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove. Espresso, new leather, carob, dark chocolate. Dark dried fruits (cherry, blueberry, strawberry, prune, fig). A little polish
Long, drying, spice stays about the same. Leather and coffee beans. Copper. Loses the fruits to oak. Black pepper and licorice join in late.