A very fine selection by Cadenhead and a worthy anniversary bottling. The best release in that series (to me)...
The colour is brown sherry and the texture shows some early slow legs and very late fat tears. The nose is all about a perfectly clean sherry profile of the old school - and not the slightest trace of sulphur or any other flaw.
The taste is unbelievably layered on all these wonderful sherry flavours again but still the Caperdonich malt shines through with its nice creaminess. Quite balanced for such a sherry monster, I like that!
The dram arrives in the mouth peppery and fully coating with some slight astringent moments from tannins (but much lesser than one would expect from almost 40 years in a sherry butt). The finish is long and sherry-sweet with some stronger chocolatey flavours. No bitter nor drying notes here, surprisingly. Some drops of water smoothen the dram and unlock even more aromas (e.g. milk chocolate and marzipan) - I like it that way better (but even neat it was great). And unlike many other heavily sherried drams it does not get bitter even with more water added. A superb example of an excellent "old school" sherry maturation...