Douglas Laing (exclusive to Germany)
Sherry Butt (# DL13897, 370 btl.)
On the nose, immediately the typical sherry notes of dark fruits, cherries and raisins appear. Sweet with vanilla notes and toffee. Also juicy and fruity, almost syrupy with a slightly acidic note of quince, also fine orange, covered in dark chocolate. Very appealing.
Round and mild on the palate with a dry sweetness of honey and toffee, accompanied by the typical sherry aromas such as fruit jam, dates and raisins. These are joined by wonderful orange notes covered in dark chocolate, followed by espresso and some tobacco leaves towards the finish.
The finish is pleasantly long with a creamy fruit sweetness, some walnut and drying notes of cocoa, espresso and a touch of oak.
After adding a few drops of water fruity on the nose, the darker notes of caramel, orange and chocolate come out more. Still sweet on the palate with also more chocolate, cocoa, walnut and espresso. The finish is a little shorter with dry notes of espresso and tobacco leaves.
A pleasant, tasty single malt from Speyside that knows how to convince all along the line. In particular, the shades of chocolate - dark chocolate, cocoa and espresso - which wonderfully wrap the fruity aromas - especially orange - are shown to their best advantage in this sherry cask bottling. To me, this is optimally bottled at 50% abv, which leaves room for experiments with some water, thus bringing out even more chocolate notes.
I thank Bremer Spirituosen Contor for the complimentary sample!