This is a 16 year Ardmore that was matured in a refill sherry hogshead, selected by Binny’s, and bottled by G&M at 55.5% ABV.
Nose: Fruity sherry with a bit of a sulphur note – bananas, caramelized apples, glazed donuts, and some gunflint.
Palate: Sherry takes a spicy turn with red pepper flakes and nutmeg – oak presents quite dry with tart apples dusted with cinnamon.
Finish: Turns heavily herbal as sherry fades rapidly. Spicy peppers remain on tip of tongue as musty oak takes hold in the rear palate.
Rating: 87/100 – One of the spicier sherried expressions I’ve tried which results in a nice contrasting profile.
Value for the money: This retailed for $100 at Binny’s which is a pretty fair price for what you get.