This is essentially a blend of blends from Cadenheads consisting of a vatting of two blended whiskies matured in sherry butts – each of which consists of various blends, blended malts, and blended grains all distilled in 1980. It’s bottled at 44.5% ABV.
Nose: Cinnamon and cloves with stewed fruits – vanilla peaking through a thick fog of rich oak, a hint of licorice, some cherry cobbler. Very bourbon like nose to me.
Palate: Biscuits topped with strawberry jam, fairly oak heavy, but plenty of sweet notes offsetting the tannins – caramel, black cherry, and toffee.
Finish: Nice long finish with fruit candies, cinnamon, cloves, and slightly tamed oak.
Value for the money: I bought into a bottle split of this at right around a $200 valuation, and based on how much I enjoyed it, I have no qualms with that price point.