N: Sherry, roasted nuts, a little solvent as well. P: Big figgy berry sherry monster thing going on, but lacks the deep richness that makes it real enjoyable. Scores points for big flavor though. F: Chocolate chips, then a long burn. I wouldn't kick this whiskey out of bed, but I'd probably avoid her phone calls afterwards.
Light chocolate and fruity nose, but really there's not all that much going on here after that. This is ok, I'd be happy with it at a bar, but it would sit in my home bar for ages. Nothing particularly exciting.
Hello, where did this come from. It's the full bodied sherry lip-smacking taste whore that I'd keep around to warm me on a cold night (like now). It has that sherried carnaval candy taste, although not quite to where the best sherry monsters go and the nose is faint. I'd take my 1972 34yr SMOS Glen Grant to the Oscars... but this is a great little boozy booty call. A- is a bit generous, but still, I can't stop pouring it.
2nd taste- Molassas made into saltwater taffy, still makes me smack my lips. So full of flavor. And the finish... just won't go away. A- was not too generous.
Nose: Like mopping the floor. I get a lemony freshnesh, and mopwater. (Breaks even)
This is a mini, and I've had the 750mL bottle too. This just isn't as good. Maybe it's the mysterious mini-bottle effect. I stand by my previous comment for the larger bottle, but this has a little dirtiness added. B+
Toffee and chocolate nose. Palate is sherried and rich, with a semi-syrupy and rather coating mouthfeel. Very sweet. Chocolate, toffee, Fig Newtons, some background raisins, maybe hints of coffee. There's slight traces of something gaseous, which may be sulfur, but I'm liking what it adds here. Finish continues the theme at length. Don't add water, I found it only hurt. I really like what this has to say -- and to me it says, sit back, relax, and indulge. B+/A-
Retaste: As above, but I can't see how I didn't catch the moderate smoke and medicinal aspects. What a great whisky. B+/A-
Very sweet and nice notes of leather and spices with some great fruits and something like saltwater taffee but the darker kind....maybe some blueberry reduction? Anyway, very nice and an excellent find.
N: Nice inviting nose - sherry influence plain as day. Nice figs, molasses, light leather, and nuttiness. White pepper and a little earthy with dark fruits.
P: Leathery, chewy, a little musty (in a good way). White pepper heat, a little Kiwi shoe polish; slightly nutty with a bit of mushroomy quality to it. A little parmesan cheese kind of funk to it way in the background. ULTRA mouth-coating.
F: Big finish. More fruit and leather. A little white pepper, and dries to wood. Blueberries even later.
What a difference 16 years makes - so few sherried mats have a good balance to them and tend to run hard in the leathery/shoe polish direction and lose some of the earthiness that makes this really enjoyable.