The name Sleeping Warrior reffers to the shape of the highest mountain on the Isle of Arran which, when seen from a certain point of view, resembles a reclining soldier. It was released in cooperation with the National Trust of Scotland. Whatever. This is a marriage of sherry, bourbon and red wine casks and was distilled in 2000. Hence it is a 10 Year Old Arran.
I am not privy to the exact specifications of this marriages, but the wine influence on the nose is very prominent. Slightly sour wine, liquorice and dried fruit. The sherry to makes it mark, with raisins and some chocolate. Maraschino cherries. Mon Chérie bonbons if you will. But in the background there is also wood shavings, mint and green herbs.
It is creamy, but immediately rather bitter on the palate. Very spicy. All kinds of citrus, including oranges and mandarin. Pepper and ginger; yes, the oak is loud. Becomes more bitter and drying towards the end. Adding water makes it much better, so add a teaspoon or two. The sweetness can then counter the bitterness somewhat.
The finish is medium on oranges, chocolate and cloves.
I would have expected this to be sweeter, but the wine is somewhat dominant. With water it is fairly good, but without I find it too bitter.