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This one is aged in American Oak for 14 years, then another 4 in spanish sherry butts.
Nose: Orange, Cherries dipped in honey , sultanas and vanilla. Very yummy nose. A lot sweeter than the 15 year old.
Palate: Fruity, sweet, big sherry notes here, the sultanas and cherries playing a major role, as well as some cake and chocolate notes in the background. lovely, This is a sherry heavy-duty dram.
Finish : Long, sweet, cocoa and chocolate, with the odd orange peel adding a wee ‘zing’.
Bottom line: Both are very well made, but the 18 is much sweeter, thicker and for a sherry-head like me, it does the job better. Loads of that sweet, gooey nice sherry i like so much. Richard Paterson has done an exquisite job here. Well done! Worth the extra $$$ / £££ in my opinion. I need one of those in my bar . Stat! (i have the 15 already).