Nose: Full on dried tobacco, a bag of raisins and roasted nuts, black cherries, menthol cigarettes, air dried italian ham rubbed in spices like oregano, thyme and fennel. Lemon verbena. Leather, meaty rancio. Mature, rich and enticing nose. It's one. This smells almost like a recent official Mac18 but in cask strength, so obviously way more intense and full bodied. A Mac dialed to eleven.
Taste: Orangeskin, sweet cherries, dry tobacco, Latte macchiato, brown sugar, nutty oloroso, leather, grilled steak, roasted nuts, slightly astringent. This is perfectly balanced between dark, fruity aromas and more meaty and salty umami touches. Very complex. You can take a few sips and still discover something new.
Comments: And the next stunner by the Maltman. This one is not as sherry-supercharged as its 14y. and 16y. precursors, therefore more complex and accessible. After 16 years in oak, you still get some of this lovely floral and slightly rough destillery character that matches perfectly with a good sherrycask. You just can't beat time and a good cask in my opinion. Open your bottle and enjoy this juice. Life is too short anyway :) Danke Bowi!