Nose screams massive sherry. Super-rich and extremely inviting. Sweet. Plums, grapes, big figs. I also get wisps of buttered popcorn.
Palate -- yeah wow, pretty much what the nose advertised, and not a trace of anything objectionable in here. Rather syrupy and all about the sherry, and with a tinge of sweetness that I wouldn't expect at this age. The long finish brings the usual spices, with cocoa stuff, and there actually isn't a whole lot going on here for me… but what is here is excellent and nearly savory. The big scotchy-sherry flavors are fantastic.
Having tried this at length on a few occasions, I've found it's a malt that's easily overshadowed in comparison to, well, almost anything else. Not that other things seem better per se. This just has trouble showing its best aspects in cross-tastings (is that a phrase?) much more so than other malts do. It can seem very one-note. And it sort of is, though it's extremely good at the few things it does.
N: Very rich, old wood smells, BBQ and pulled pork, smoked meats, apricots. P: Wowee. There's something wonderful that happens (sometimes) when whisky sits in a sherry cask this long, it takes on a savory quality that just can't found otherwise.