Nose: Polished wood, raisins, sultanas, cinnamon, balsamic vinegar, speculoos biscuits, fennel, dark chocolate, plums, rich earth and a hint of gravel.
Palate: Waxy with soft fruitiness, sweet apples, woody spice, more dark chocolate, black pepper and a hint of sulphur and smoke. Water brings out creaminess, milk chocolate and more fruit.
Finish: Good old wood, woody spice and fennel.
Comment: An elegant old sherried dram, restrained in its raisiny flavours and packed full of fresh fruit and spice.
AROMA WITHOUT WATER
Mixed spice notes, with defined sweet sherry influences. Some lightly poached pear with a touch of aniseed. Subtle earthy notes with a delicate hint of peat lingering in the background.
TASTE WITHOUT WATER
Smooth with defined dark chocolate influences, hints of bonfire embers and a pronounced burst of sherry sweetness. Creamy with a delicate hint of cracked black pepper.
AROMA WITH WATER
Freshly ground coffee beans and defined sherry notes emerge with a delicate floral edge. Hints of aniseed and green leaves develop.
TASTE WITH WATER
A burst of mixed spices becoming smooth and mouth warming, with a very delicate hint of peat smoke. Herbal influences emerge with a touch of cream toffee lingering.