This baby won a big fat silver medal at the MM Awards 2013 (with an average of 89 points, so very close to gold).
Colour: almost coffee.
Nose: it’s a slightly flinty oloroso, very rich but also wonderfully spicy (soft curry) on top of the usual raisins and prunes. Chocolate, freshly roasted coffee beans, then touches of saltpetre. Christmas cake. With water: touches of kirsch, zwetchke spirit, red berries and liqueur-filled chocolate.
Mouth (neat): feisty and zesty, not heavy at all, rather very chocolaty (dark chocolate). A lot of coffee too, it’s like crunching beans. With water: the fruits come out more. Oranges and redcurrants.
Finish: very long, always very chocolaty. A blend of coffee and chocolate!
Comments: a very chocolaty an coffeeish oloroso, quite spectacular. I’ll agree with my compadres.
SGP:362 - 89 points.