A set, polished malt, which I would have estimated much older than it is. And Claret (= Bordeaux barrel) maturation? Really now ? Amazing.
At least in the nose I find - pure and blindly enjoyed - no wine flavors, but rather sherry.
If you give it water, there is clearly dark cherry in the nose (ah, so wine) and in the mouth the spring bench aroma becomes much clearer, the sweetness declines somewhat. Exciting.
I don't really like wine finshes per se, but there are just a few, these bottlings, where the wine is withdrawn and understated and which I like very much. This is one of them.
Dried apricot, fine old-school sherry, a little cigar smoke in the background. Deep and dense. Fudge, mango, peach, warm yellow fruit. Honey, hazelnuts, nutty espresso. A hint of menthol. Peat. Complex, but takes time and only gradually reveals more of itself. Shifts constantly. Great nose.
Wonderfully fruity, lush, sweet, full and with plenty of power. Plus plenty of dry cigar smoke, earthy, mineral and peaty.
Peppery and nuts are added with warmth. Concentrated, with good volume, for chewing.
Cigar smoke, peach and toffee, peat, hazelnut, quite long. Ends dry, but no bitterness. Creme brulee.