...which is a good example that not every finish works properly. This one is neither integrated nor balanced and I guess the malt casks used on this batch were of a rather low quality (leached) as the malt contributes almost nothing to the profile. If you like sherry over malt this is okay, otherwise shy away.
The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers a punchy and imbalanced profile where malt and wine aromas seem to fight a fiery battle. This is a 'perfect' example of a failed finish, at least in the nose. This is no pleasure to sniff. Water reduces the alcoholic dominance but release almost no new aromas, I hardly find any malt-driven impression.
The taste is better but again the three components malt, wine and wood did not really integrate and somehow fight each other. The wine and wood is dominant with the wood adding quite significant bitter notes. The malt is almost not detectable, the sherry is tasty. This tastes more of a high-proof sherry than a whisky, to be honest.
The dram arrives hot and peppery on the palate with a nice creamy texture and some distracting drying-astringent moments (tannins). The finish is of medium length and adds some delicious chocolatey impressions beside the ever present bitter wooden notes. It dries out heavily towards the end which turns increasingly unpleasant with cardboardy off-notes. Water helps to smooth the dram but does not improve the profile, I prefer this dram reduced to about 45% abv.