At 62.2% it is a BIG, powerful and commanding spirit; dried fruits and white pepper climb straight out of your glass. The peat is subtle and a little laid back, but you know it’s there. After a minute of rest and a gentle swirl the sweet toffee and Christmas cake notes are now present. The first sip is a little misleading as that laid-back peat is not obvious immediately; but then around the mid pallet the soft smoke starts to roll in. Not as dry as some Sherries can be, a medium to long finish with a wonderful mouth fill and some enticing earthy oak richness right on the end.