Sherry all the way. The fruit here is bright and juicy. Truly a classic dram, which continues to be excellent.
Wherein I discuss Laphroaig 18, and the situation that arises when I can’t formulate a full review based on a partial tasting.
I believe that a significant milestone in one’s journey of discovering whisky is to taste a dram of something older than oneself. I’ll call it my “Coming of Age.”
With a little research, a little organization, and a little dedication, you can avoid paying ridiculous prices for good whisky.
When your liquor cabinet is bursting at the seams, maybe consider winnowing your bottle count down by “covering the bases” of all the major types of malt whisky, and keeping just one bottle in each category: Peated, Sherried, Lowlander, Wine Finish, Talisker (Skye), Cask Strength, Heathery, World (Irish).
Rich bodied, big sherry notes of red plums, canned apricots, and well-aged red wine.