The splash of water is mandatory for this one. Neat, it noses pretty hot and tastes astringent and imbalanced. With the water added, though, it’s a pretty nice PX-forward sherried dram. It sorta tasted like the Boulevardier my brother sitting across from me was drinking.
Nose: Neat, there’s a wall of hot fruity sherry. I did get some Oloroso, but mostly smelled sweeter PX influence.
I decided not to mess around and just added a splash of water right away. This helped a fair bit with the heat. Now there was orange peel, dates, maraschino cherry, sweet berries, red apple, and toffee.
Palate: Silky texture. Not that sweet actually, which wasn’t what I expected given the heavy PX influence on the nose. Pear, milk chocolate, berries, and something like sweet vermouth up front. The sherry builds into oak, almonds, malt, tobacco, and a bit of grass.
Finish: Fruity-spicy and fairly firm. More sherry, tobacco, clove, lemon, and orange pekoe tea.