Colour: full amber. Nose: plenty of chocolate (both milk and dark) and
then coffee and more coffee. It’s absolutely not sweet or fruity, this
is very dry. Very little gunpowder this time, not one single used match
and rather gravel and sand, soot, leather and then a growing humus and
smoke. Charcoal. So yes, I think it’s very dry for a ‘PX’. With water:
no it’s not. Water makes it sweeter, smoother and rounder. Big time!
Stunning leather/tobacco, like nosing an old Habanero from a good house.
Woo-hoo! (excuse me). And there’s even smoke. Mouth (neat): instantly
reminds me of the current ‘Cask Strength’ – unless my memory doesn’t
serve me well. There’s a faint note of kirsch, then ‘ideas’ of slivovitz
or even date arrak, then more triple-sec, raisins, figs and other dried
fruits. There’s also more gunpowder this time, which translates into a
slightly chalky/mineral side. I think this is still a little rough, but
it’s a very fine one for sure. Also cloves and cumin, more and more of
that. With water: I was wrong, it’s not rough, it just needed water. Old
sweet wine that got dry. Rivesaltes, Maury or, maybe, PX indeed.
Finish: long, smoother, raisiny, easy. Smoky aftertaste. Comments: I
just had an idea, I’ll do a big bold session with only sherried
Glendronachs and Karuizawas. Why am I telling you this now? SGP:462 - 90 points.