A Christmas dram. Not very complex, Sherry very much dominated the whole experience, but it does the job. This is one of those you can drink it neat without worrying.
[83-85] I’ll get a bottle unless my bank account says otherwise.
Rich sherry nose, very vinous. Dark raisins, figs, dates. Caramel. A whiff of sherry soaked oak. I know it’s cliché but I still have to say it smells like Christmas pudding. Alcohol very restrained.
Water will surface the menthol and bring out a whiff of freshly cut grass note. Unfortunately also make the sulphur more noticeable.
Punchy landing expected. Sherry forward with that viscous toffee notes from PX casks. Then rich dates and dark raisins again. Marmalades. Crushed peppercorns. Then nutmegs and cinnamons. Slightly drying oak with only a mild touch of bitterness. Slightly meaty towards the very end.
Few drops of water open up the oiliness and ripe fruits. Dark chocolate as well.
Mid finish. Drying oak spices and sweet fruits lingering. A touch of citrusy aftertaste. Vanilla pods. Charred oak.