This is rich and well matured for it’s rather young age. It is a big fish in need of a big amount of water. I added 7ml on a 30ml sample before this one came to me. But after this puzzle, it’s nose turned out great. Red bush tea, autumn forrest, wet leaves, shoe polish, orange fruits as wel as a fine layer of wood. The nose even gets kind of waxy. Very well layered. A complex dram.
Thick and syrupy. Also a bit tart. It needs water for the taste too. Enough water deliver a smooth and wel rounded dram. Lots of sherry influences here. There is a subtle nuttiness, almond I’d say. Also there are several spices like ginger, pepper and chili.
Without a doubt long. It is fully flavored and well balanced. I get raisins, leather, spices and fruit flavored pipe tobacco and dark chocolate. There is quite a lot going on in the finish. This is the part where it proves to be a night filling dram.
In some ways this dram has quite a ‘common’ style but in other ways it proves to be a complex stunner which gives quite a challenge to get to the bottom of what it had to offer.