I was delighted to find a 25-year-old single malt today, from Glenfarclas - of course, fully matured in oloroso.
The colour is a medium amber. On the nose we have rich sherry notes: roasted pecans, rum-raisin, black cherry, toasted coconut and honey. Some vanilla. Nutmeg. Peach and apricot. A hint of mint chocolate. Water dilutes things, so don't bother. Rich and fruity,
The palate is roasted nuts, toffee, light maple and coconut cream. A bit of ginger. Exquisite mouthfeel. Some green apple and even plum. The fruit and oak never stop - I love how the sherry is never overwhelming, even after twenty-five years - but I think there's a wee bit of sulphur back there.
The finish is oak, pepper, more nutmeg, cinnamon and chestnut. This is a beautiful dram, but I remember from a Glenfarclas tasting I was at in Scotland some years ago, preferring the 15 Year Old. In any event, the 25 Year Old is a beautiful interplay of fruit and oak.