After the solo tasting, a quick comparison with a 21yo from 2016: there's not really much going on. I feel the current 21yo is a bit creamier and denser, the aroma selection is congruent, but in the current version it seems a bit more accentuated.
He greets the nose with sherry-saturated figs and plums. The smell of an old leather bag. Musk. The moment you wonder where, please, the spices stay, they start to appear: cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, cloves, marjoram, nutmeg, ginger. The nose builds up gently, still expanding the aroma spectrum by one more nuance, always finding a connection with the aromas that have already come to light. Raisins are now added to the figs and plums. Dark chocolate flakes, coffee beans, some furniture polish.
Creamy, syrupy texture. Still looks lighter on the tongue than on the nose, because now the missing tropical fruits appear in the nose: mango, papaya, passion fruit, peach, banana, dragonfruit. This garnished with the pot still spices, which show on the tongue with the same intensity as in the nose, makes the 21yo. Peach and mango stand out now, a delicious mango chutney is formed. Jaffakekse. A little bit of wood; not too much. Takes a little creaminess. Leather, tobacco notes. Warm milk coffee.
Long, still creamy, an echo of the tropical fruits. Ginger, dried plums, dark chocolate - and then the fruits turn up again, they had already been written off.