Compared to the 15 Revival, this does not have as explosive a sherry nose. But it is still rich with sherry, and I actually like its refined but powerful flavors. The nose is like maple syrup on wheat pancakes. The palate is quite different. The 15 is very spicy and sweet, but the 18 is more dried fruit, caramel, and dark chocolate orange. Then a little bitter charcoal smoke, but pleasant. Something like what the very sherried Mortlachs have in the finish -- long and satisfying. Selling for $60 overseas, it's a good bargain for the refined quality of the whisky. After dinner for sure. With dark chocolate truffles, it's hedonistic.
Nose is apples, peaches, very sweet-smelling, with a kind of citrusy sherry. The flavor is yummy and very familiar, quite fruity with a good amount of bubblegum. Light spices. This continues in a medium-length fade, and some spice and tingly stuff lingers faintly a little longer. This is pretty good stuff that will have a "familiar" taste to many (being moderately sherried and full of middle-of-the road Speyside flavors). B
RETASTE: Haven't had this in a while and it's tastier than I recall. The sherry influences are sweet and enjoyable without being monstrous, and it's extremely drinkable. B+
N: Big sherry monster nose with some citrus, then plums and peaches. P: Very well balanced sherry, nothing shocking going on here, but very nice. Hint of chocolate. F: Sweet and sticky, borders on too sweet (for me).
Blind and felt this fit nicely with the ‘Revival’ as the notes were very similar. However, this is clearly older whisky with some darker wood flavors and less deep sherry greatness that its younger sibling brings. The nose says everything you want to hear from a great sherry whisky. The palate is a bit softer-spoken with as usual cherries and raisins and butter crème. An excellent mouth coating and again I could swill this for days. Finish is classic. Spicey goodness and just as I was about to write something more …. It was gone. Solid B+
Really nice nose. It doesn't bang you over the head but it has deep sherry and deep, dark chocolate. The plate starts with dry sherry followed by some metallic notes and then some botanicals, lasting into the finish, which are almost vermouth like. Very nice.