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I must admit, I love the sweetness of a sherried single malt. However, sometimes I find the balance a bit off, and the sweetness gets a bit too much. Not so with this delight. This is my first glass, and I know already it will be a winner for me! Much like the first time I tried Highland Park 12 year old - only my first thoughts are that I like this even better! I first saw this in our local liquor store the other day. When I read the labels, I was very impressed: Double sherry casks, Non chill filtered, natural colours! And a very reasonable price! I came home and did a bit of research, not a lot of reviews about it. Today I was deciding which bottle to treat myself to, and this stuck in my mind. I guess I am one of contrasts: loving the Laphroaig Quarter Cask, and at times loving a milder sherried single malt. My first sip, and found this to unbeliebably smooth. It's also thick and syrupy, and just coats your tongue wonderfully. The nose and palate are definitely sherry, but there is an underlying dryness, even a bit bitter, that balances it out perfectly! I thought that the Aberlour a'bunadh was what I always thought the perfect scotch should taste like, but it just ends with too sweet a note. This one is perfect, with a bit of dryness at the end. The colour is brilliant, a dark and rich copper which I find very appealing. I realize that everyone has different tastes, but this 12 year is what I might expect from an even older whisky. I am not very good a describing nose/palate etc. but will do my best!