An intense sherry load straight away. Preserved berry compote with fragrant sweetness like freshly caramelized creme brulee.
The nose is really a poem. I could smell my glass all evening without drinking from it.
The sweetness promised by the nose is confirmed in the oral cavity. The mouthfeel is rich, heavy and almost syrupy. In addition, there is a decent oak flavor without any bitterness. I would never assume a maturation time of only 6 years here, but an Octave barrel is also very small and accelerates the maturation immensely.
In the mouth, dark ripe forest fruits, pipe tobacco, dark chocolate, some espresso and sweet pickled raisins join the sweetness and oak flavor.
The finish is long, spicy and sweet. He stays for quite a while. If you sniff the empty glass hours later, you can still feel all the aromas of this delicious malt.
For me again a really great bottling from the Hercynian distillery in the Harz Mountains.