(Second tasting: The nose is also the best component of this bottling at the second tasting and loses noticeably in quality after the addition of water.Taste of water makes sense in terms of taste, it takes the extreme sharpness and makes the taste appear more harmonious and milder I hardly noticed any differences in the second tasting, the addition of water takes the taste out of extreme sharpness and brings out a few more flavors, otherwise I stay at my 82 points given the day before and am a little disappointed with this bottling ...)
Slightly opaque amber rests in the glass. From the streaks sticking to the glass wall of my Premium Snifter a multitude of long and oily "legs" are released. Dark caramel and baked apples rise, hazelnuts and juicy raisins are dusted by a pinch of cocoa powder. The alcohol is present the whole time, but does not bother. Fruity orange juice mixes with a few splashes of redcurrant juice, cherries fall into creamy milk chocolate, hints of cinnamon and other spices are distributed in the nose. More and more chocolate and raisins come to light, discreetly tart and spicy wood tones show up. Slowly my salivation is stimulated. Do I smell brandy? The nose reminds me a little bit of chocolate beans with brandy filling ...
(Second tasting without added water: nutty, roasted aromas, apple, oranges, cherries, cinnamon, chocolate, raisins, mild and yet powerful, floral, cognac, Christmas)
Spicy wood elements are distributed on the tongue at the first sip, burned wood tones and a pinch of crushed pepper are distributed suddenly on the tongue. Dried orange and lemon peels are doused with alcohol, black pepper and chilli are powerful and voluminous on the palate. Tart and spicy wood elements follow, creating a slightly floral aroma. The second sip is a bit milder at first, dried berries and grapes merge with dark caramel. Relatively quickly, however, then the peppery and wooden sharpness increases and almost numbs the palate. With a slightly rancid walnut flavor blends taste and aftertaste.
(Second tasting without added water: powerful, voluminous, hot pepper and extremely wooden sharpness, chili, stimulates the salivation, creamy, spices, wood, slightly smoky - with added water: creamy, mild, wooden, nuts, oranges, raisins, subtle toffee and Caramel)
Heavy and voluminous draw alcohol swirls through the palate and dress it with plump warmth. Dried orange and grapefruit peels stick to the tongue, spicy and slightly tart wood elements rest on the palate. Again, slight floral hints come to the fore, I also think I notice a subtle hint of smoke.
(Second tasting without added water: citrus fruits, dark and creamy caramel, wooden, mild and nutty - with added water: milder and creamier, at the end of the after-sound still sharpness flares up)