Compared to 6th release of Vega this feels somehow older despite being 2 years junior (20 vs 22 y.o).
Reviewed from a bottle open for about a week.
First whiff is the sweet and sour of stewed plums, dates, dried figs. Then raisins, red ripe apples, heather honey, dried orange peel, christmas spices and even a whiff of lime zest. Deep dark and still fresh. Leather and wood polish, really dark chocolate.. and dried herring? Quite complex to my nostrils.
1-2 drops of water brings more warm leather and cocoa powder.
Honey, butterscotch, sour fruit bonbons, mostly orange and cherries, moving into
worn leather and wood polish, bitter sherry astringency, drying on rosemary and almost a little ashy.
At 43.5% very much at its drinking strength already and does not need more than a drop or two of water, which brings the fruits a bit further out to the front of the stage.
Going on the ashes and orange candy moving forth and back and hitting some beach pebbles and cracked pepper along the way, medium long.