The Oloroso influence can’t be mistaken: this is a very old-fashioned Speyside malt with an intense winey attitude! The first whiff is immediately dominated by the sherry: very dry, astringent and tannic, but also with hints of aperitif bitters, orange peel and roasted chestnuts. It opens up at the palate, revealing further layers of complexity, especially with the help of a drop of water: in addition to the intense Oloroso character, we find cereals, flour, bitter cocoa, a touch of tamarind. It has a subdued honey sweetness in the background, but the main trait is dry and nutty. This sweetness comes to the front in the finale, together with a very powerful blast of spices and tannins.