Poured and left to breathe for 1 hour before tasting.
NOSE: Quite dry oak wood (but not saw dusty dry), old dark mahogany wood, dark caramel, dark treacle, browned butter, dark raisins, dried dates, dark plums, dark pine forest honey, some alcohol (quite manageable though). Quite intense and multi faceted but not really complex. Lovely though. Half a teaspoon of water doesn't substantially change the nose. (89p)
TASTE: The arrival is fairly dry and strong, with lots of dried fruits and dark treacle (w/o the sweetness). On the mid palate more dark treacle, dark honey, dark caramel and baking spices; nutmeg, dried ginger, hints of cloves and cinnamon. Overbrewed black tea, marmite. Do I even taste some earthy dunnage warehouse notes..? Half a teaspoon of water makes it more tannic and spicy-bitter. (87-88p)
FINISH: Spicy; crushed black pepper, dried ginger, a little dried chili. Fairly long aftertaste. Youngish rather than balanced. (85p)
OVERALL: A real Sherry bomb but less sweet than some. Be careful with / when adding water. Total score 87 points.