I thank whic (Whiskycircle) for the complimentary sample.
Begins sweet on the nose with apples, caramel and dried fruits, cherries as well as raisins and dates. The whole is embedded in beautiful old sherry aromas, with notes of dark chocolate, some leather and tobacco in the background. The alcohol is well integrated and not pungent at all.
Again a great sweetness on the palate with caramel and a sticky red fruit, accompanied by dried figs and raisins. Then warming with a light peppery spiciness, due to the high alcohol content. But not unpleasant. Cinnamon with dark chocolate and juicy cherry are noticeable until the finish.
The finish is long-lasting with a sticky fruit sweetness, dark chocolate and a hint of dry tobacco leaves. Very nice.
With water: The addition of water pushes the fruit a little into the background, while retaining its sticky sweetness. Dark chocolate in the background as well. Soft, sweet and round on the palate, the alcoholic spiciness is nicely tamed. Raisins, dates, sherry aromas, beautifully mixed with dark chocolate. Wonderful. The finish is still long with a sticky fruit sweetness, raisins and lots of dark chocolate.