Ian McLeod tooks the lead of the distillery in 2003 and it didn’t take long to see the appearance of this 21yo on cellarmen stalls. An exemple of well-reduced sherry ?
Nez : We smell caramelized hazelnuts associated with hazelnut oil aromas. Then, It becomes more fruity with creamy white peach to get a pastry result. It’s attractive enough and the precision is there. Afterwards, it’s more homogenized on dried fruits, marron glacé-vanilla coming as backup. It’s up to the orange liqueur to appear with a freshness from orange tree leaf. Eventually, we have a little white chocolat. It’s enjoyable and fresh but it mainly remains aimed a reduced part of the aromatic spectrum.
Bouche : it lacks a little texture and yet we feel an alcohol pinch. We have difficulty finding it a lot of character. Dried fruits (unclear) and orange (majority) are back in the second part of the mouth. They combine with an almost dusty feeling. The alcohol have the advantage to effectively carry the flavors. It’s simple and efficient but it doesn’t stand out from the crowd. Citrus fruits, dried fruits ? A mouth a little unexciting but easy drinkable.
Finale : medium and more bitter. Orange, malt and dried fruits again. The persistence is good on theorange and the dried fruits only (What a surprise !!).