Official tasting notes:
Nose: The initial impression is one of dried fruits and orchard blossoms, with notes of apricots, sultanas, and a hint of orange zest. The influence of the ex-Palo Cortado sherry barrel is profound, infusing the whisky with complex nutty nuances, such as roasted hazelnuts and a touch of toasted coconut.
Palate: The first sip is a revelation of balance and finesse. The mouthfeel is silky and opulent, enveloping the palate with a harmonious fusion of flavours. A medley of dark, luscious fruits takes centre stage, with plums, black cherries, and ripe figs mingling gracefully. The sherry cask influence is unmistakable, contributing layers of toffee, caramel, and dark chocolate, creating a delightful sweetness.
Finish: The finish is a lingering, evolving symphony. As the whisky retreats, the oak takes the spotlight, delivering a gentle tannic dryness alongside a wisp of black pepper and cloves. The fruitiness persists, with echoes of red currants and dates, while a delicate, almost floral, honeyed note adds a final touch of elegance. It’s a finish that unfolds slowly, leaving you with a sense of contemplation.