Color: Burnt umber
Nose: Okay, this one is different. There is lots of smoked bacon but also some kind of funkiness… mould cheese. Thankfully I get more sweetness after a short while, honey and ripe berries. The sherry hogsheads, shy at first, are finally revealing themselves.
Taste: Rich but not overwhelmingly strong despite the 60.4% alcohol content. Nice mouth feel. It has a creamy sweetness to it that I associate with honey again, as well as vanilla and notes of dried fruits. Add to that a pinch of salt. Interesting.
Finish: Sweet first, the vanilla is stronger now. Dry later with cigar smoke.
Comments: This is a very fine whisky. It’s complex and interesting especially in the nose and mouth. I’d say it’s well-balanced between peat and sweetness, too. It offers quite a few aromas and tastes to explore, but neither of them is too present by itself. The initial cheese smell isn’t for me really, but it ended up working rather well once the bourbon barrel and sherry casks kicked in.
Rating: I rated this whisky 89 out of 100.
(Nose 22, Taste 23, Finish 21, Balance 23)