Indispensable standard bottling, with 50 € and more for just 10 years, but it irritates the market well. The differences are clear: 1996 - more sherry, fruit, more elegant, rounder, more mature, 2006 - gruff, youthful, stronger, less sherry and fruit, more pepper. What can be attributed to the shorter time in the barrel, the 8 years of bottle aging and / or "production optimization", anyone can imagine for themselves.
Direct comparison 1996-2008 vs. 2006-2016: both smoky, gentler in 1996, stronger in 2006, dirty, then clear sweetness, raisins in 1996, I would even go to sweet, red grapes, altogether very velvety, the smoke becomes a hint of incense, 2006 remains rougher, the smoke dominates Sherry can only be guessed or I would have guessed by the smell blind / not recognized by a drop of water that is a little better, rosiniger, with time in the glass it is also a little milder, the smoke comes walnut, nutmeg, earth, could also be something mineral, salty
the smoke is gentler again in 1996, more bitter in 2006, rougher, both very oily, but in 1996 a little more, 2006 has more pepper, spiciness, the sweetness is only chocolaty, caramel, while in 1996 the fruit also comes through in the taste - smoky, slightly peppery wine gum with dark chocolate coating
first oily, then dry, peppery to even furry, smoky bitter, cocoa and pepper, more cocoa in 1996, more pepper in 2006