Nose: Creamy toffee fudge. Hints of gunpowder. Liquorice and hints of leather. Vimto. Blueberries? Certainly some dark fruit. Chocolate limes. Cinnamon. Ginger ale? Something floral/perfume-like. Very difficult to tell that this is a grain, although it is a little light and sugary underneath the sherry influence.
Palate: Toffee fudge, liquorice, dark fruit, Vimto and hints of gunpowder again. Hints of Christmas cake.
Finish: Vimto. Quite sugary, with a little menthol coming through after a few seconds.
This whisky is simply outstanding. The sherry cask has played a huge role here, but it's not at all winy or tannic. I could happily spend all day over the nose in particular.
"When you go home, tell them of us and say,
For your tomorrows these gave their today."