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I opened this whisky on Christmas eve and how appropriate it was. A sweet, full-bodied and warming whisky perfect for a night together with your loved ones while a blizzard rages outside the window.
The nose immediately lets on what you're in for. Sweet honeyed dates and perhaps a small hint of peat. Traditional Christmas pudding and sweet dried figs. It really is quite a sweet treat.
Allowing it to open up a bit in the glass elevates the experience and introduces chocolate covered raisins, sugared orange peel, a touch of green mint, walnuts and old quality leather. Plenty of time in the glass really lets the sherry casks speak loudly and adding water adds a distinct note of bramble.
The palate starts of lovely with big cherries and milk chocolate praline. It is sweet and round going into Winter spice and Heather honey.
The finish offers a slight black tea bitterness, chocolate and mildly drying subtle oak. It fades away leaving me with fragrant, bitter orange peel. After it has died theres a lingering mineral, flinty feel in the mouth.