Compared to the Oloroso Tobermory, this one looks darker (intense amber), but just as cloudy. On the glass wall of my Premium Snifter a viscous streak has formed, from which a multitude of oily "legs" also come loose and search their way back into the glass in oily channels. Creamy dried berries come into their own, caramel and sweet apricots merge with hints of velvety vineyard peach to a fruity mass. Slightly dry wood tones are mixed with a hint of sour cherries and currants, mandarins and toffee are added. After a few minutes, sweet fruit floods the nose, raisins and peach stimulate the saliva.
The first sip sloshes through the mouth, voluminous and mild. Dark and dried berries stick to the cheeks, caramelized sugar plays with sour cherries, toffee drips on spicy wood. A hint of roasted hazelnuts and cedarwood also comes, the mouthfeel is just as creamy, if a little more voluminous compared to the Oloroso Tobermory. Minimal grapefruit and herbs come into their own, nutty taste and aftertaste blur.
Chubby warmth lines the palate, nuts and slightly smoky wood elements appear, dried fruit flavors stick to the tongue. Again I fancy a minimal smoke note, as well as a few melted flakes of butter.