A full-bodied whisky from Speyside, with the traditional fruity and juicy character, and a strong backbone of creamy malt and robust honey. We couldn’t resist the temptation of turning it towards the dark side, of livening it up with some of the driest Oloroso sherry to achieve a bold contrast between the spiciness of the wine and the round muscularity of the whisky. The final result is definitely sherry-oriented… The nose is winey, spicy, nutty and with all sorts of yellow and red fruits (cherries, peaches, apricots, raspberries), absolutely enticing. And at the palate… it’s a blast. Being at cask strength, the sherry character is amplified. Very dry, quite tannic, nutty and astringent, it’s total Oloroso goodness. Add a little bit of water, though, and it starts to relax, revealing its softer, sweeter, fruitier side.