Nose: Heavy sweetness - caramel, Crunchie bars, Eccles cakes (pastry and filling), sticky liquorice, figs, sugared plums, nutmeg
Palate: Soft mouthfeel but intense flavour - barrel char and hints of sweet-cured bacon, leathery and rich earth, grown-up bitter dark chocolate cake, and rich raisiny sweetness and black liquorice to balance.
Finish: Spiced pastry, rich fruit, lingering berries, chocolate and smoke
Comment: Big, rich, heavy and full of chocolate and fruit. Classic sherry cask whisky with an unexpected whisp of barbeque smoke running through the middle.
Nose: Full and rambunctious! Mince pies with a good helping of brandy butter, notes of polished wood, baked apples with treacle and raisin, and then on a third sniff an undercurrent of charred banana.
Palate: Nut and raisin chocolate bars with a thick jammy feel. Flavours of rum soaked dried fruits and marmalade on fresh farmhouse toast. More rich fruit, Cox's apples and dates with a crumble topping.
Finish: A touch of wood smoke, while more autumnal fruit flavours develop - apple and pears. The sweetness leaves the impression of homemade honeycomb cooked just a tad too long.
Intense Sherry with hints of strawberry, toffee and cream soda.
The palate has black pepper, banana and apple. The finish is long and smooth.