N: Lush, rancio, resinous woody sherry monstrosity, wood polish / varnish. That's about as rich as a whisky nose gets. P: Huge. you can really taste the wood on this, but I like it a lot. It gives it a very medicinal profile when combined with the rich sherry, very cough syrupesque. F: Sweet and syrupy. The nose is phantasmal, but the palate is almost too big for its britches (or my britches, which is saying a lot -- I have very small britches -- wait, what does that imply?). I started off with A- and I ended on B+.
Sherry bomb. Nothing but old dark sherry - softer palate than expected. Strawberries and raisins (Dried Strawberries?) something of oak resin in the finish …. Yep the resin sticks with it longer than I like and turns bitter. Would have gotten an "A" but for bitterness in finish. Really nice very old sherry - age comes out in the finish.
n: Um, sherry. It screams sherry. Sort of the dark chocolate sherry thing. Christmassy wood.
p: Chew a damp piece of wood and chase it with sherry. Bitter rather than sweet. Intense and mouthcoating. Sort of a step up from the Glendronach 15 Revival and a step down from the Glendronach 1968 20.
n: Red berry preserves, strawberry angel food cake, a bit of dark cocoa powder. Rich sherry oak, juicy black raisins, and nutmeg.
t: Very dense sherry oak, that when it seems to being over-oaked, it mellows out to a dry/crisp fruit sweetness that fades to dusty tobacco leaf and old leather. Akin to chewing on a cinnamon toothpick that isn't very sweet. Lots of sap qualities and a bit of spice in the long finish. Very woody and quite delicious with a long finish.
This is one that I saved in a mini for a long time to see if my opinion had changed. It's still "dense liquified oak" with more bitter than sweet fruit and a massive wood finish that lasts for a very long time. I give it a bonus for it's unusual heavily oaked character but it is very dry and tannic. A huge oaky sherry bomb with a more bitter than sweet fruit profile. [B+/A-]