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Glen Garioch hardly uses sherry casks, so this oloroso sherry matured is a bit of an odd one out. It was released at the end of 2013 and will set you back around 65 EUR.
The aromatic nose offers red berries, salted caramel butter and plums. Some toffee and citrus. Chestnuts. Halfway through some hazelnuts and loads of mint kick in. Dried grass. Hints of pepper and some cinnamon. Parsnip! Creamy and full.
This is a kick to the teeth. Hot and spicy. The sherry is more dominant than on the nose with the usual suspects: plums, sultanas, figs, dades. Maple syrup. Caramelized oranges. Stew of fruit. Honey. Loads of ginger and pepper, now. Mint evolves towards menthol (yep, they are not the same). The palate fulfils the promise of the nose and then some.
The long and spicy finish offers more oranges and liquorice.
Outstanding Highlander as far as I am concerned.