Cloudy copper shimmers orange in the glass while on the glass wall of my Premium Snifter thick and oily "legs" pull their endless tracks back into the glass. Dried grapes and sweet berries rise clumsily from the glass, a pleasant sulfur scent immediately becomes noticeable, but this changes at the same time, becomes "really dirty" and for me extremely borderline. Wetness, moldy earth, clay and hints of damp leather dominate the nose, sulphurous raisins and dates appear, a touch of menthol releases from the dominant note of sulfur. Wet leather comes up, maybe it's plums? ... maybe sour cherries? I don't know, the dominant sulfur note covers up everything! For 61.7% alcohol content, however, I find the alcohol extremely well and harmoniously integrated, actually it is imperceptible.
Edit: After about 20 minutes of breathing, creamy vineyard peaches and old apricots come into their own, fortunately the sulfur withdraws a little. Dark plums and juicy plums emerge, old and spicy wood tones come through the nose, there is still a smell of musty sulfur in the air.
After another 20 minutes (total 40 minutes of standing time), the sulfur comes into its own again, massive and musty, sorry, I don't notice any other flavors apart from sulfur ...
Edit with a few drops of water: Still musty and intense sulfur, brown sugar, sweet and creamy, minimal oranges, mushy plums and plums, dry wood elements and nuts.
Dark grapes and berries dominate the first impression, the sulfur note that is already dominant in the nose comes into its own immediately. Caramelized sugar and sweet oranges show up, slowly sticky PX sweetness pushes to the fore and delivers a hard duel with the still present sulfur, chocolate and raisins follow, slowly sharpness sets in and the alcohol makes itself felt with a tingling sensation on the tip of the tongue . Hints of cocoa and chocolate, the pleasant sharpness creeps from the tip of the tongue further into the palate and lines it with cozy warmth.
Edit: After 20 minutes of breathing there is another sip that looks sweet and creamy, but with musty sulfur in the background. Dark and dried fruits stick sweetly on the palate, gently massaging peppery hotness with chilli the entire tongue, caramel and brown sugar appear. The black pepper sticking on the tongue pulls towards the palate, the alcohol sticks to the palate warm and cozy, hazelnuts appear.
Edit with a few drops of water: Mild and sweet, creamy PX aromas with sulfurized raisins and dates, the sulfur becomes more pleasant, oranges appear. Creamy chocolate with hints of espresso, crushed pepper and gentle chilli, hazelnuts and spicy wood tones.
Creamy hazelnuts stick to the palate with raisins and dates, caramelized sugar and hints of chocolate rest on the tongue, dried tobacco leaves stick under the tongue, a hint of leather is added. The aftertaste lingers nuttily on the palate, the wonderful sherry flavors slowly fade and leave a creamy mixture of tobacco, leather and hazelnuts on the tongue.
Edit with a few drops of water: hardly any changes to before, only the hazelnut aroma looks paler and not as intense.