This Dufftown 1984 slept 26 long years on a sherry butt, giving it a bright copper colour and a cask strength of 55%.
The nose needs a bit of time to open up. It all begins rather simple on apples and pears, but after a few moments offers a whole lot more. Coffee, jam of mirabelles and cherries, hint of milk chocolate. Then some roasted and sugared almonds and some cold tea. Hint of wet wood. Nicely balanced.
The arrival is very powerful and picquant, but softens up fairly quickly to offer mirabelles and cherries, but also citrus fruit. A bit zesty. The nuts are still there, but in the background. A small bitterness as if from cold tea, just like on the nose.
The finish is spicy and warm, fairly long on cherries and oranges with a hint of chocolate.
Lovely Dufftown with a nicely balanced influence of the sherry cask.