NOSE. Sweetened peat smoke, classical sherry cask notes of died brown and red fruits and berries, also woody notes but rounded, sweetened, not so fresh or sawdusty as in many whiskies these days. In the background; hints of tar smoke, coffee and vanilla. (89p) With water: Hessian with whiffs of tarred ropes. Cured lemon and lime. Camphor, Christmas pudding grass, freshly brewed oolong tea and a hint of good olive oil. (91-92p)
TASTE: Rich taste. Wood smoke, a some tar, rich and rounded black pepper, good oloroso sherry notes. (88-89p) With water: Slightly sharper black pepperiness, rich, fruity and dry notes of dried fruits (90P).
EXIT: Sherried in a dry way, with soft black pepper and wood. (87-88p) With water: rounder, softer, more sherried. Medium long to long. (89-90p)
OVERALL: A rather demanding whisky which not only requires time in the glass and quite a bit of water to fully unfold but also commands your full attention and concentration. Nonetheless a great dram and very impressive for being only four years old. TOTAL SCORE 89 (90) points.