Nose: Bold and meaty at full strength with hints of sulphur, dried fruits and nuts, typical of Sherry cask maturation. Suggestions of fruit loaf and finally a hint of beeswax.
Water releases more fuity aromas, but now fresh fruit rather than dried, with ripe peaches and plums and a sensation of honey. Beneath the rich fruitiness is a trace of wood spice, sawdust and linseed.
Palate: Full-bodied and oily, the mouth feel is reminiscent of peach syrup. The initial flavours are brown (Demerara) sugar and burnt toffee, which develop into caramelised oranges and tangy marmalade and a hint of grapefruit. Walnuts, Madeira cake and warm spicy cinnamon toast emerge through the fruit with traces of honey and a dusting of cocoa powder.
Finish: Lingering toasty aftertaste.