a great nose, but the bitterness, not necessarily overly woody, is too
over the top for me to find it pleasant especially in the finish.
Although there are some very nice notes behind the wall of bitterness.
Transferring previous Note (2012.01.26) content into a Tasting Note
very juicy / thick. heavy sherry, fresh dark plums, red wine,marzipan,
cereals o, smoke/burnt wood o/-, a wet sand/swamp/mineral note in the
back, also a bit of candle wax/parrafin as well as tree gum (92)
some fruits (plums & dark but sour cherries), wet cereals/porridge,
wholemeal bread o, strangely intense but interesting bitterness setting
in (wood & grape stalks/seeds ?, plus a splash of motor oil...or
coal dust ? strange) (86)
increasing even further, juicy sherry, dried raisins & plums, mouth
coating, but with a dusty/yeasty touch while maintaining the heavy
dried fruit/sherry note (72)
Later: extreme wood bitterness gets a
bit more tame, now more of woody sherry/red-wine astringency ( than
dried fruits ) with some raw tobacco leaves thrown in. (79)
later (2hrs+): bitterness has finally take a step back, now the thick
sherry & dried fruits are dominating, plus some butterfudge notes
and chocolate next to the sweet maltyness. Also, a slight copper note.
But altogeether very nice now, but not that much depth to it which was
hinted at before (behind the bitterness) (87)