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Natural colour and non-chill filtered, this is a wonderful looking whisky. The colour is rich and deep (amber +1.5).
Nose: Vanilla with subtle toffee. Sherry sweetness lends to a whiff of currants and fruit cake.
Palate: Rich, soft mouth-feel. Dates and figs in the initial sweetness with a sherry warmth. Almost a cognac touch to this one. Toffee cream. Oak wood leading to spiciness towards the finish.
Finish: Medium length, dry finish which balances out the initial sweetness nicely. Surprisingly spicy with hints of ginger after taste making this more than just a 2 dimensional dram.
Tannins abound leave a tea-like dryness after the finish tapers off.
Overall a great experience and a really good introduction to sherried whisky. look forward to trying the 15 yo Revival now. Was reluctant because of the sweetness but the excellent balance in this one makes it very moreish.