Colour: pale amber.
Nose: more spirity of course and a little silent at first nosing but starting to get closer to the ‘lower strength versions’. Same notes of raisins, toffee, orange marmalade, honey… A little more sulphur in this one.
With water: more on all things orangey, including cake and orange blossom water.
Mouth (neat): even closer to the two lightweights but with more of everything this time, especially spices and maple syrup.
Easily drinkable without water but let’s try it with a few drops… It gets even better, really tasting like everything in a candy shop plus quite some cloves and a little cinnamon. Perfect sherry and whisky association, only for pleasure. Perfect balance and compactness. 89 points.
Nose: Sherry very evident on the nose. Raisins, fruitcake, toffee and the like. Some rich gingerbread aromas, trace of sulphur and polish. Biscuity.
Palate: Syrup, treacle, spice, dried ginger. More of the fruitcake notes from the nose. Some rich citrus notes, particularly sweet orange. The spice gradually assumes dominance over the rest.
Finish: Warm and long with the spice persisting and the sherry notes slowly fading around it.
Comment: Another real treat for fans of sherried Speyside.