The nose has sherry, sulfur, prunes and Dr. Pepper. The palate opens with peat and motor fuel (like a mechanic shop), the moves to sweet sherry with a touch of sulfur and tons of fruit. This has a great, long finish with dried fruit fading to sherry.
Nose is fruity and peaty, the fruit comes first, mostly grapefruit. Hints of B.O. That continues into the palate -- Juicyfruity grapefruity palate with smoke, but not the kind of smoke that's particularly earthy. Opens up well too.
Pure grapefruit (very reminiscient of the Sea Dragon 30yo). Sweetens up after a few minutes. Extremely drinkable at such low ABV and quite tastey. Not as earth-shattering as others might have rated in the whisky universe but still a very good bottle.
NOSE Dense rich dark fruit, sherry sweetness, grapefruit, vermouth, iodine, sugary sweetness, a bit of musty old bottle effect, ash, malt and the merest touch of peat. The sugary sweetness isn’t like a mass produced candy type of sweetness, more like what you get from a high-end confectionary where the sweetness comes across silken and full.
PALATE Sherry glides across the palate followed by complex dried fruit, grapefruit juice, citrus peels, vermouth, dark sweetness (molasses like), mustiness and a light dusting of sulfur and ash. I could have used more of the sulfur in there to help add more earthiness for the complex sweetness and citrus to play against and fully round it out. Peat was nowhere to be found even after letting my 3rd glass sit for over an hour to open up.
FINISH Medium and rich with notes of grapefruit, dried fruit and a dark earthiness that was like wood, but wasn’t what I traditionally attribute to being “wood tones”.
Color is super dark, like deep prune juice. Nose carries some of that prune juice over, but the big player here is grapefruit rind. I love grapefruit, so this was heaven for me. Subtle flavors and notes were peaking here and there, with sherry and even a little vanilla there too. Palate had grape juice, grapefruit, general citrus flavors, light smoke. Finish was drying to me. A total all night drinker. A-/A [12/11/15]