Colour: rich amber.
Nose: powerful, with a rather leathery sherry at first nosing, with some ham, tobacco, hints of cooked broccoli and then more cigars and gunpowder. Touches of rich rum as well (Demerara), then Maggi, lovage, sauce sauce… With water: the cigars come out more, which is something that I enjoy. Crème de cassis as well, prunes…
Mouth (neat): very rich and chocolaty, a little biting, with plenty of raspberry jam, pepper, leather again, tobacco… Yet it’s no sweet and heavy PX, especially the spices make it relatively ‘nervous’. With water: the oak feels, with ginger and nutmeg coming to the front. Also raisins.
Finish: long, rather spicy and very chocolaty.
Comments: a good example of the style. A little rougher than some of its brilliant sister casks (712!), but it’s a very fine liqueur.
SGP:551 - 84 points.