Fruity, complex nose with dates, dried fruits, figs, dried bananas, vanilla, pickled plum, fresh leather, candied cherries, light smoke, hint of charred wood, methol, apricot jam, seaweed, and toffee. Top class.
Strong alcohol punch, which quickly gives way to all kinds of wonderful flavours. Immediately large dose of muscovado sugar, followed by some oak, lots of barley, nice date sugar, other dried fruits, leather, fruit syrup - not too sweet, but in the sense that it shows those deeper flavours that are expressed in syrup or molasses. Second chew brings light smoke, a few herbal notes, fresh hay, dried oregano and thyme, menthol, spices start rolling on with a nice warmth, cinnamon and pepper. Third chew brings out tobacco leaves, but all the other stuff is still present and going strong. Just marvelous.
Warm, peppery spices, sweetness is perfect, deep rich syrup or molasses flavours, dried fruits and apricots, dried herbs. Very long and amazing balance.