Super sweet nose of Fig Newtons, sherry all over it, apples and strawberries.
Big sherry hit on the palate, very syrupy. Again I'm getting strawberries in the background, bu this is all about sweet dried fruits and sherry in big ways. That amps up in the finish with a medium-length fade that's shorter than I'd expect for this whisky. Tannins are mild.
Delicious and initially massively drinkable, but after time with the glass, the extremeness of it almost gets too sweet for me and I need to take a break... but then I love it again and it's still an A-.
N: Dense! A thick wall of aromas; leather and a light nuttiness with ample wood behind it. Red fruits; dried fruit and all kinds of richness with a figgy side as well. Over time this reveals more of the fruit aspects and the leathery stuff tones down a little.
P: Extremely thick, very syrupy. Figs and molasses, with some wood bordering on astringency right behind it. Tons of sherry. Dried fruits - orange especially; a hint of nutmeg and perhaps a trace of cinnamon. Nice gentle heat, a little bit of white pepper. A little nutty character, slightly earthy. Subsequently becomes a little oily and the nutty character grows. Over time a little more fruit influence and white pepper.
F: Warm initially, with that super-dense fruit and wood character; an almost bubblegummy hint behind it. Eventually fades and has an apple skin thing going on.
This is good but perhaps a little too long in the wood. Really enjoyable but not the stunner that, say, #711 was. This is more about a little heat and fruit with sherry, whereas 711 was sherry first with other support.