This is the very last dram poured from the bottle, which I have had for nearly a year. It was hit pretty hard at first, then I kept it around for so long because I didn't want to see it go. However, it is time to make room in the cabinet, as I have been buying quite a few bottles lately!
The whisky is not dark, but not light either. It is somewhere between sunlight and pale straw I suppose, but I'll call it sunlight just because I have to choose. The ABV on this bottle is 40%, which is a bit underpowered for my usual taste.
Nose: The whisky has a definite sherry influence, and that comes out on top. Pear, dried dates, caramel, honey and vanilla. Very warm and inviting. A bit like a lot of other sherried Speysides to be honest. Shortbread cookies with sugar sprinkles, with just a bit of orange zest.
Body: Light body, somewhat smooth.
Palate: A bit sour in the mouth, slightly spicy. The honey and ripe fruits are gone.
Finish: Lots of orange and citrus fruits on the finish, some spice. Not as much honey and vanilla, but a bit of oak in the end.
Frankly, I've had numerous whiskies that have this same basic profile, but this is not the best of them. I would go with a half-dozen before I would choose this one, which is perhaps the reason this one has lasted in my cabinet so long.