Nose: Big and floral (honeysuckle and summer meadows), buttery pastry, vanilla cream, light woody spice, green rhubarb, green apples, light TCP notes and hint of gravelly smoke.
Palate: Rich and spicy up front with freshly cut wood, cinnamon and a touch of clove. It continues on through old polished oak, light pine and lots of elegant wood. An underlying woody smokiness brings everything together.
Finish: Lighter than expected, but delicately woody with buttery notes and some of the flowers from the nose. Sweet pastry hangs around.
Comment: Not quite as elegant as the 25yo from the same year, but smokier and earthier, with more body, more spice and a finish that hangs around and grows.