Oh. My. God. Those are the first words I wrote as I started off an evening with a glass of this. I don't know if it was just because I was jonesing for some Scotch and because it was my first drink of the night (and because this is damn good), but I was very much blown away. Later in the evening, I went back and tried it again -- still absolutely excellent, though the "Oh My God" factor was gone, and it was "just" awesome. Sweet but not too sweet, with sherry, oranges, dried fruits and a rolling background of spice that's reminiscent of the spice you'd find in a rye. The finish is a slow fade into heaven. As far as the experience of that first glass went, it was one of the best I'd ever had. With some re-tasting and retrospection, it's "only" a solid A. Some retailers are selling this for under $200, and at that price I'd say it's definitely worth it.
Nose: syrupy sherry with raisins, figs and orange oil. Lush and fruity. Palate: A sweet syrupy sherry that is interesting enough not to be cloying with notes of smoke and muted rubber. Full of punch but also complex flavors.
Deep dark red and golden color. A rich, sherried, fruity and carmalized nose. Very strong. The palate is complex and wonderful, with honey, fruit, citrus, oak, and a little light smoke. THe finish is long and herby, with toasted oak, spice and a nice pop in the middle of my mouth. Lingers for awhile. [3/25/11]
n: tobacco leaf, milk chocolate, and resin. Sherry cask is really aparent (dried red fruit and dusted cocoa)
t: dense and thick mouthfeel. Dense with black cherry and vanilla nougat. Fig spread on walnuts. Noir chocolate and burnt broen sugar. Very dark oak that's dry in finish. Complex, deep and delicious. A great whisky! [A-/A]