This expression was introduced in 2013. It is called “500” as it has matured for a final period in 500 litre Pedro Ximenez Sherry butts. Sweet light dates, vanilla and honey at first in the smell. Sweet raisins and fresh apricots.
The Sherry maturation is more noticeable in the taste. Again, it is dates, but the sweetness is very present as well. Honey and fruity sweetness. Some oak comes forward in the finish with toffee and that sweet raisin you often get from Sherry maturation.
I think it is a quite fair finish. Many finishes are very short, but in this, it seems like the whisky has extracted the flavours you want from a PX Sherry cask. It is very easy drinking, and would probably go great as a whisky for beginners. Well, I enjoyed it very much as well! I will give this 85/100 (21/22/21/21).