The richest by far, but all of it wood-driven.
Aged 12 Years
Year of Bottling
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: The colour suggests European oak and the nose is a classic dry amontillado: resin, clove, savoury notes-roasted almond, flamed orange peel, smoked tea, some toffee.
Palate: Heavy sherry flavours, almond especially. A slightly oily but tannic feel. There's perfumed smoke but the spirit is beefed up by heavy oak flavours.
Finish: Smoked cheese.
Comment: The richest by far, but all of it wood-driven.
Nose: Big brutal sherry. Winey. Quite beefy. Marmite. Overpowering sherrywood. Tobacco.
Palate: Toffee but with rancid butter notes. Cardboard. No subtlety in that sherry first-fill. Where has the malt gone?
Finish: Long but bitter. Smoky burnt wood.
Comment: You need to be sherry-mad to love this. Water releases more pleasant fruitcake notes on the nose but more harshness on the palate.
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