Nose of big caramel and toffee, with marshmallow. Somewhat floral, somewhat metallic. Palate -- the big caramel's there again, on some sips I distinctly taste/smell caramel corn. There's also some vanilla, some sherry, and spice, and it's kind of tangy. Quite sweet too. Finish is long, with the spice and sweetness going. It's a hot one though (obviously expected), and water is good. I'm liking it. B/B+
Nose is initially rotten smelling, then some caramel, citrus, and marshmallow. A deep sniff reveals something nasty, alkaline, and nostril burning. Extremely hot, it burns so much that I taste little but a funny woodiness and alcohol. Mouth burns for 30 seconds afterward. Adding a little water does nothing, still bad. (When the identity of this whisky was revealed, I was shocked, as I had always been eager to try it. My expectation would have been a big sherry monster, maybe similar to Macallan Cask Strength. But I didn't taste a bit of sherry. Not sure what's up with this whisky. Whatever kind of sherry casks they use just doesn't agree with me. Since I distinctly dislike this and find it very flawed, that puts it in the D range.)
Nose is rich sherry and big red gum. Palate has no off notes, lots of sweet and spiciness, with orange rind. Gets sweeter with water. Very nice. More big red and sweet peppers in the finish. Long time since I tried this but it's very good.