I've had this before in a distillery vertical, but I'm pretty sure some Octomore beast took away all other impressions from that evening. Let's try it in a more quiet setting.
Old wood, hints of lacquer. Toffee, vanilla and some cooked fruits. Not super heavy on the sherry notes, to my surprise.
Overall subtle and careful. Slowly increasing pepper. More oily than your average dram. Big, nice waves of mixed fruits. Some cake batter and a bit of leather.
Woody, sherried and with a round kind of spiciness. Cinnamon. More cooked fruit than dried fruit. In particular, not much raisins. Not very long finish, unfortunately. I would have liked a few seconds more. Now it ends bordering on watery, rather than the usual dry and spicy sherry finish.
It's kind of hard to say anything unique about this one. It's a very good, well-rounded and definitely classy dram. It ticks all the sherry boxes without crossing any lines. Nothing in-your-face. Just a classic, well-made sherried whisky, aged for a long time in non-violent casks. Overpriced at the time of writing? Could it use a liiiitle more ABV? Probably yes and yes.
83 / 100
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