Nose: Coco Shreddies, fruit leather, brown sugar and brown toast. Lots of cereal notes, with roasted grains and crushed barley the predominant note. Some darker leathery notes sit behind that, with polished boots and fresh turned earth.
Palate: Fresher than suggested by the nose, with sweetness and spice - spiced fruit cake, black liquorice, demerara syrup, caraway and rum soaked raisins. The grain from the nose is still here, but less intense, with unsweetened flapjacks and oatcakes sitting under the sweetness from the sherry casks.
Finish: Liquorice, raisins and old wood, with some tingling spice and lingering green leaves.
Comment: A much sweeter whisky than the nose suggests, with some fresh and youthful notes balancing some of the older wood imparted by the oloroso cask. Great fruit, spice and weight, with darker flavours providing support for the lighter, more fragrant notes.