Wolfburn's first casks were filled for maturation in January 2013 and the first Manager's Cask followed not much later. This is one of Wolfburn's oldest sherry butts on which oloroso sherry had previously matured. Iain Kerr, the distillery manager, selected this cask 8 years ago and had it bottled in May 2021. It yielded 640 bottles at cask strength.
Sweet, but slightly dirty nose on honey, butterscotch and caramel with some vase water (oops!). Fortunately, the latter does not linger too long. The raw grain can even be detected. Sultanas? Sturdy fellow. Becomes sweeter the more it has been allowed to breath. But it can't suppress a touch of wet cardboard.
Rich and creamy on the tongue with a lot of sherry now. Think gingerbread, sultanas, fresh fig and even some Christmas Cake. Marzipan and honey. Chestnuts and almonds. Yes, that's more like it. But the wet cardboard also appears on the palate. It takes some getting used to.
The finish is nice and long, relatively spicy and very sweet on caramel and honey.
I can imagine that Iain Kerr is very happy with this, but for me the wet cardboard is just a bit too much. Thank you, Gunther.