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Another saturday, another review.
The colour of this whisky is remarkable: it is a beautiful full golden (perhaps even amber?), while no caramel has been used to produce this. Rather, this is the result of using first-filled sherry casks for a part of the production. The whisky shows slow, fat, rich tears.
The nose then. Whoa- there is a lot going on here. First we have honey and fresh fruit. I want to say apricots or peaches but I'm not sure. On the edges there is something spicy going on, and in the background there is a hint - and I do mean a hint - of smoke. Gentle, good-natured, simply marvellous.
Tasting the whisky, it turns into a slightly oil-like texture. Very comfortable. We get more sweetness, with some raw barley.
The aftertaste gives us a short lingering feeling on the tongue, which dies out quickly to leave a dry mouth and a load of the delicious sweet smoke from the nose.
While I did not particularly like this dram while I started out my journey some years ago, it has now become a staple in my whisky cabinet. It is simply beautiful. And if you'll now excuse me, I'm going to have another one...