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nose: a note of rum, walnuts, raisins, sherry (not that bomb as Glenfarclas in my opinion), light heather note, very very low and subtle smokiness, dried plums, vanilla, nutmeg, white pepper - the addition of water intensifies the sherry and honey aroma. I cannot believe this is a pure sherry matured whisky, there must be some ex bourbon casks involved here (there is a typical citrus-vanilla-apple note in the background)!
taste: spicy maltiness, heather, herbal notes, fennel, nutty, liquorice, reminds me a bit of Highland Park, like the little brother of the 12y old HP with more sherry but less complexity;
finish: medium-dry, angelica, radish aftertaste, again walnuts, nice bitterness from the european oak casks, but on the more bitter side which I personally like; for a sherry whisky the oak bitterness and spiciness is way more pleasant as the Glenfarclas one, which I personally associated to blood-iron-liver-tobacco, kind of unpleasant;
summary: oily and delicate for a 12y old single malt, it gives me a strong mediterranean sensation with that honey-oakey-herbal-sherry sensation. I bought the bottle for 21 Euros, so for a 12y old single malt its a phenomenal price! this bottle definitely surpassed all my expectations, a steal! easy drinking highlander, goes well as an aperitif with hard cheese (pecorino, queso manchego, parmiggiano, ecc.) and as a digestif, so for me it has a strong all-rounder potential. I will definitely buy the 15y old revival!