This is the 15yr Sherry Wood Finish from the Aberlour distillery, Speyside. It is an official bottling at 43% ABV. The color is copper.
Nose: Honey spice, with plum pudding. A bit of oak, perhaps. Definite sherry influence on this whisky, but with a bit of spiciness I wasn't expecting on the nose. Ripe fruits: cherries and black plums. Almost a tawny port aroma. Very nice to sit here and take it in. Very enticing.
Coming back to the nose after a sip, I am getting some orange marmalade (not highly citric). Creme Brulee coffee creamer?
Body: Really fills the mouth. Heavy body. Rich flavors coating the mouth.
Palate: Spice rushes in, coating the tongue with a warm tingling. A sweet plum jam flavor hits midway through the palate, with a ripe fruit sweetness on the front.
Finish: Release of spices explode, followed by wave after wave. More ripe fruit, with some faint citrus notes. Mostly the spices are at play here: cinnamon?
Everything about this whisky is SO good! The nose, the palate, the finish... Wow! A real winner in my book. This takes the 12yr and puts it on steroids with a punch!