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Delightfully dark fruit notes on the nose with raisins, blood oranges and mince pie tartlets. Accompanied by lots of sherry, dark chocolate, walnut and Christmas spices with cinnamon and nutmeg. Slightly floral tones with subtle notes of tobacco leaves in the background.
Powerful, rich and sweet on the palate with dark dried fruits and raisins. At the same time warming and creamy with toffee, walnut, cinnamon, oak spice and nutmeg. The alcohol is perfectly integrated. As soon as the warmth fades a little, the creamy sweetness is preserved and lingers for a long time with dark chocolate towards finish.
The finish is long lasting, intense, warming with creamy fruit, delicate nutty notes, slightly dry cocoa, spicy oak and a touch of tobacco leaves.
With water: More intense on the nose after the addition of a splash of water. The alcohol is more noticeable and prickles in the nose. It is accompanied by floral tones, dried fruit and distinct dark chocolate. The sweetness is lost a bit. Still strong on the palate and sweet with dried fruit and raisins. Less warming with a touch of spicy oak, cinnamon and nutmeg, followed by walnut notes, cocoa and tobacco leaves. The finish is still very long and slightly drier with spicy oak, walnut and tobacco notes.