Facts: 14 year old Braveal, first matured in the Oloroso Sherry Cask and then finished in the Pedro Ximenz Sherry Butt for two years
Nose: A very, very pleasant and complex aroma in the nose. First sweet plum and fresh red fruits, with honey, beeswax. Deeper down in the glass more spice, here the sherry casks are clearly visible, also a little nut, tobacco and leather. Malty aromas appear above the glass. Is that the character of a distillery? The alcohol is so perfectly integrated that I would never have guessed the 55.2%.
In The Roll glass, the fragrance remains present even after enjoying, the entire room fragrance is dominated by the remaining aromas.
Taste: Yes, now I believe in increased drinking strength, but also not in 55%. The start is strong, the aroma is very intense, but still hardly spicy. Madness. The flavors are now more on the spicy side. What the nose felt "down in the glass" rolls over the tongue. Strong spice, almost without bitterness, nevertheless bitter, remains present. The fruits come later, which gradually become sweeter. The wort becomes creamier towards the finish. Still no sharpness and still brutally intense.
Finish: take over the fruit again, a hint of roasted coffee, then it gets sweeter and sweeter, honey, jam, cotton candy, strawberry jam. Over time it became more palatable. Dangerously tasty. And still intense. Incredibly tasty aftertaste. And it stays quite long.
Yes, he can take on a cigar. I would still recommend it without. One of the candidates for my personal annual highlights. My 10cl sample was amazingly quickly empty. Despite 55.2%, he does not need water. And that's rarely the case for me above the 52%. If it were still available to buy, it would be a buy recommendation. If you don't like it, please offer it to me :)