The first review of the year is one of the last whiskies I tasted last year. One of which the bottle had been open for a while and I wanted it emptied. This 21 year old is their standard 21 year old, contrary to the single cask miniature I tried ages ago.
Thick, fruity, juicy sherry. On the brink of overshadowing the whisky, but the distillery character starts shining through after a few seconds. The whisky itself has a good touch of wood and a very rich character. Slightly drying and very fruity.
Gentle with a light bite. There is a hint of bitterness like in fresh pineapple. Quite some wood, but all in a good way. Peach, dried prunes, more and more fruit if you let it swim. Pineapple and mango. Also some caramel fudge!
The finish is long and starts showing more of the whisky than of the sherry influence. Very clean with lots of rather fresh oak. Still incredibly fruity, in a syrupy sweet way.
This is delicious stuff. An absolutely gorgeous whisky with mountains of juicy fruit flavours. The slight woody dryness shines through nicely. Very luxurious!
According to Whiskybase it goes for about € 115, but I got it for about € 85 a few years ago. Still worth it, and also worth it to shop around for, I guess. It goes for € 90 at Whiskykoning.