Originally made for travel retail. This is the third expression in the series and it is finished in South American red wine casks. Some dried fruits, red berries and hints of tobacco leaves in the smell. It is not overly rich though. The 40 % makes the flavours a bit subdued. Some honey and vanilla in the back.
Dry with hints of wood, dried fruits and tannins (very faint though) in the taste. Some spices as well, and these carries nicely out in the finish where some caramel and toffee sweetness joins. Some sweet dried fruits comes forward and leaves you with a sweet palate.
Unfortunately, the sweetness is all you are left behind with rather fast in the finish. Probably due to the low ABV. On the other hand, for people who think cask strength whiskies is too much, this (and the whole Age of Discovery range) is perfect. The alcohol isn’t aggressive, yet there is much flavour. I will give this 84/100 (21/21/21/21).