Dark amber shines in the glass, dried fruits and toasty aromas are already noticeable from a distance, while oily and syrupy "legs" stick to the glass wall of my Premium Snifter. Caramelised sugar and dark oranges stand out with a fresh minty note from the glass, hazelnuts and fine oak blend together, dark caramel and forest honey come into their own. Sour cherries and blackberries show discreetly, a hint of citrus fruits mix with increasingly fruity apricots and grapes. The complex nose slowly unfolds its manifold flavors and becomes more interesting by the minute. Minimal comes leather and a hint of dried tobacco to light, milk chocolate melts in the nose ...
Tart fruit flavors mingle with spicy oak at the first sip, milk chocolate and caramel melt together before subtle pungency on the palate becomes noticeable. Slowly a pinch of pepper falls from the palate to the tongue, chocolate and cocoa powder flows over oak planks, grapefruit and other citrus fruits dissolve out of the wooden aroma, hazelnuts and chocolate stick to the tongue. Sour cherries and currants swim in saliva before a discreetly dry and wooden mouthfeel occurs. Heat rises and dresses the palate, slowly blurring taste and aftertaste.
In the aftermath, the relatively high alcohol content makes a powerful impact and does not dissipate the heat sticking in the palate. Again citrus fruits and raisins come to the fore, spicy wood tones and chocolate play together, hazelnuts are distributed in the mouth. Long stay the delicious flavors in combination with a plump warmth on the palate and never seem to want to end.