The 'sherried' description is misleading, but this is excellent whisky.
main notes: waxy honey, resinous, strong first-fill bourbon influence, crayola crayons
Subtle notes: faint unripe banana, wood chips, white vinegar, vegetal (sharp like the smell/fumes from chopping an onion, but not actual onion flavour), with water: toasted barley, toasted bread, burnt popcorn.
Main notes: vegetal, buttery, spice, creamy.
Subtle notes: cocoa powder, with water: heather, rich floral notes, the cocoa powder gets stronger.
Mouthfeel: restrained oaky dryness, moderately oily
Finish: light fresh wood, quite short, a little bitter, with water: big dark chocolate, burnt popcorn.
This doesn't taste sherried at all. Personally it's very similar to the balvenie 15 single bourbon barrel (now discontinued). My guess would be that this is from 3rd/4th fill sherry barrels, which is actually quite nice because you get more interesting stuff from the wood rather than the dregs of some grotty old oloroso (a fault of many hastily sherried whiskies.)
This is excellent value for money, just don't go in expecting a'bunadh or glenfarclas styles of sherry.
14th December 2014