Excerpt: There’s a bit, but less, sherry character here than I’d have thought, which is kind of unfortunate since sherry finishes always intrigue me. Still, an admirable whisky that most Scotch aficionados will enjoy.
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This is matured in ex-bourbon and finished in a variety of different casks.
Massive fruity sherry blast. Really reminds me of a more subdued Macallan 12, the raisins, plums, dark fruit and sugary sweetness are all there. A bit of cream too.
It's delicious and well blended - although there's a lot of fruit it doesn't seem overpowering. There's a lot of brown sugar as well. I get a funky note near the end though, much like charred wood and a hint of burnt rubber which I think is really, really odd. It seems out of place, but it doesn't remind me of other smokey characteristics from some other drams I've tried. Hmm.
Nice and long, smooth and sweet. The wood/rubber note is back though and it quickly overpowers the sweet fruit. I don't hate it though, it fits a little better into the mix here than on the tongue.
The jury's still out for me. I like the flavors and it's a bit different than a usual whiskey of its type. I still (burn me at the stake, whatever) prefer Macallan 12 and Glendronach 12 but this was far from a bad dram.
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