That’s a lot of sherry. It’s so rich and intense… I think there’s some Bunnahabhain character buried in there though. If you’re a serious sherry masochist… well, you probably already own a bunch of similar Adelphi bottlings. If you don’t though, you can rest assured that this one will sherry your pants off. It’s definitely not something I’d reach for every day, but if I were craving something in this style, this bottling would certainly hit the spot.
Nose: Rich, heavy, savoury sherry. Intense earthy spice: barbequed meat seasoned with celery salt and cumin. Some cherry cough syrup, espresso, cinnamon, and grilled bananas. The earthy notes sort of bend into peat smoke, or at least some strong tobacco.
Palate: Medium-thick texture. Rich chocolate and spice notes up front. Black Forest cake, plums, maybe some hickory wood even? It develops to heavy vanilla, smoked paprika, molasses, and various wood syrups. Birch syrup maybe? Moderately tannic on the back end, with black tea and oak.
Finish: Richly spiced. Oak, smoked tea, cinnamon, grape jelly, and pomegranate.