Yet another greatly received sample from @Wierdo that I've been sitting on for far too long. Gotta say I love the look of the full bottle! This review is neat with the dram having been breathing for twenty minutes or so. I believe it's matured (at least in part) in European oak, ex Oloroso casks.
Nose - surprisingly big, intense and well-sherried. Made me think of Edradour on first contact. Big fruit cake, dark fruits, liquorice twigs and pepper spice. A good whack of oak too, dark chocolate covered hazelnuts; a little toffee and sour grain notes emerge with time.
Taste - intense again with dark cherries and dark fruits upfront, a lot of ginger (fresh and baking), more fruit cake - I'm thinking Dundee cake (dense and heavy) - some light citrus (lemon), dark chocolate and a touch of grain sourness. The oak starts to nip as it develops, but it's working. Nice balance between sweet and dry sensations and a silky mouthfeel.
Finish - med. Dark tannins galore but no discernable bitterness. Dry with some fruity touches building as you sip.
Quite enjoying this one. As said, the balance between sweet and dry is near perfect, for my palate, and the dense fruit cake notes are always a hit. Man, I really want a slice of Dundee cake now ...