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Having tasted this at the Whisky Show in London recently I thought it would be an ideal bottle to have in the house for the festive period.
I couldn't resist having a little dram to just to make sure it was as good as I remembered and I wasn't dissapointed.
This is an elegant and sophisticated drink with a sensational nose. Warm spices, orange, vanilla and hint of sweetness in this complex brandy like nose are a reward in themselves. I smelled it over and over before even thinking about tasting it.
And the palate doesn't dissapoint, its got all those flavours and the qualities of a good complex brandy but somehow even better as festive digestif. Instead of the grapiness of brandy it has an underlying gingery warmth you could only get from a whisky.
You can really taste the sherry casks, it lacks the medicinal flavours, saltiness or peatiness of some of my regular drams but that's exactly what I wanted.
My wife, who claims not to like whisky, was blown away by it. I didn't tell it was whisky before she tried. I know this is going to go down well at the Christmas table and I'm looking forward to introducing fine whisky to a few people who may think its not for them.
The only challenge is keeping the bottle (almost) full until the end of December!