A great standard and 'daily dram' for Armin Fuchs and me!
Tasting Feb. 2016 with Armin Fuchs and Oszillander.
One the one hand there is very spicy wood:
Burnt wood, dark and very herbal, influenced by the alcohol (solvent).
On the other hand is rich sweetness:
Different kinds of desert like dark mousse au chocolat, cherry compote, caramelized cherries, brandy beans, pralines, different jams and thick honey.
Combining elements are sweet maltiness with leather, herbal citrus peels, orange juice and very elegant smoke which is always present in a subtle and supportive way.
This makes a very round nose where everything dances together, the oak is a bit more dominant than the sweet components which are more elegant and subtle.
Fiery with some peat, honey, jams, fruit sweetness, citrus, leather, herbal and sweet maltiness, fruit brandies, brandy beans, again mousse au chocolat, leather, dark chocolate, coffee grounds, spiciness, ...
At first there may come some beer (Pils) within the old Sherry casks.
Leather, pralines, jams, hints of smoke, saltiness, honey, some raisins.