N: Candied dates, raisins, apricots, just an intense dried fruit orgy. Splendid nose. P: A full on sherry assault, more on the chalky cocoa side than sweet chocolate. Somewhat as I expected based on the nose, its almost like sherry was directly poured into the whiskey. Not too graceful. F: Quite bitter, dry, sticky. Good, but the over the top sherry relegates this to a single glass desert whiskey.
Nose is honey, maple, sherry, cherry candy, chocolate, rather floral. The palate is dense and quite sweet, with lots of sherry and dried fruits, honey, some chocolate, coffee hints and bay leaves. Finish is medium-long and continues the theme. Water tames the fire and brings out spicier aspects, but still keeping this a very enjoyable whisky. A rich, sweet whisky to contemplate on a quiet evening.
A definite tasty lip-smacker that is thick and stongly spiced. It's like licking cherry infused molasses from the wall of a log cabin (interior). Somehow very Christmassy. It's like a scotch version of comfort food. Warming and comforting and at the same time powerfully tasty. Flirts with being an A- except that the finish, though strong, hits just a shade off-key.
Retaste (one year later) Finish actually not bad... noble fir sap. Still B+ however.