Enticing, refined sherry aromatics, deep and warm(?), in harmony with some nicely presented oaky notes, which imply good quality casks thereby. Further, Christmas cake signature exudes, along with toasted almond, cinnamon, black liquorice, sunflower oil, lacquered wood, dichlorvos?, essential oils, rye, buckwheat honey. Then, down below, I think I pick some pine scents, cedarwood, hazelnuts, it's getting oakier, and darker(?), tea brew, Slivovitz (plum brandy), dry old wood, touch of spearmint, wormwood maybe.
Complex nose, that's for sure, although it's never overwhelming. No excessive warmth and no sharp edges anyway.
Massive! It is obviously bigger on the palate than on the nose, the alcohol feels stronger here of course, and yet it has been balanced really well. Quite smooth and soft in texture, in spite of that ever increasing alcoholic heat. Starts bitter, then adds spices, slows down, then attacks again, whilst bringing out wild orange, tangerine, cardboard-y bitterness, (strong) Rakija, and minerality.
Dies out on ginger, grapefruit, orange rinds, bitter tangerines, nutmeg and clove spice, bitter-dry herbs, dry wood, lemon peel. Seems like long finish.