The start begins with very intense sherry. The aroma reminds me a bit of the smell you perceive when you enter a Dunnage Warehouse of a Scottish distillery. Fruity wine notes mix with the aroma of old wood and slightly musty, earthy notes. I find raisins, some caramel, rum-grape-nut chocolate and a hint of furniture polish. With this bottling, you shouldn't stick your nose too deep into the glass at first. The alcohol is clearly present, but diminishes somewhat after a few minutes in the air. The longer you smell it, the spicier the aroma becomes. Even before I try it for the first time, I can discover light notes of coffee and toasted bread.
No less intense than the nose. The sherry gives the mouth a slightly astringent feeling - the tannins of the oak speak out directly. In addition, a pleasant sweetness spreads in the mouth. I can also find the fruit again, but rather ripe apples and fresh fruit salad than dried fruit.
In the finish it becomes a bit spicier, the oak comes more to the fore. Nevertheless, the finish is very pleasant and more sweet than bitter.
Significantly fresher and more open on the nose. The fresh fruits are more prominent now and the sweetness is also more noticeable. The mouthfeel becomes a little softer and velvety and the slight astringency of the tannins is no longer perceptible. Nevertheless, the mouthfeel remains very full and intense.