APPEARANCE: Golden colour.
NOSE: Sweet old wood, cedar box, furniture polish, dried pineapple, dried banana, a little vanilla, mango. With air and time dried red fruits start appearing. There is also some rubber and a slight solventy note here (i.e. a sulphury note to many, I think). Takes time to unfold. A few drops of water doesn't change much. (88-89p)
TASTE: The arrival is dominated by dried fruits and cedar wood. On the mid palate there is sweeter (but mild) old wood, dried fruits, vinous notes and a little vinous acidity. I would guess around 43% ABV. A few drops of water doesn't change much. (88p)
EXIT: Wood spice / tannins, some fruit. Drying finish. (86p)
OVERALL: Opens up very promisingly, quite rich in fruit and vinous tastes but finishes just a bit too woody for my taste. Mainly bourbon cask matured but there may have been a ligth wine finish here. TOTAL SCORE 87 (88) points.