A good modern style sherry dram that is not easy to drink as the nose-mouthfeel-taste-finish profiles changes a lot and quite significant. But experienced connoisseurs might appreciate this tag play as it is quite interesting to follow. All others should reduce this dram to about 43% abv right away...
The colour is deep copper and the texture shows a sticky ring that slowly build tears and slow moving legs. The nose offers a modern herbal-driven sherry profile with autumn floral, heather honey and spicy wooden aromas. Nicely balanced but not overly complex.
The taste itself is creamy and chocolatey sweet with toffee, honey, oranges and some nutty flavours. The tannins are not that dominant now - in fact, the wooden notes are quite appropriate to contain the sweet flavours. Not so many herbal or floral flavours here (compared to the nose) but they pop up later during the finish again (as do the tannins).
It arrives in the mouth warming and a little coating with some bitter moments from heavy tannins (which are slightly astringent, too). The finish is of medium length and more spicy-herbal with lesser sweet flavours than the taste. Water turns both the nose and taste sweeter and makes the dram more approachable hence easier to sip. So I like to explore its chameleon nature with the neat dram and after that is done I usually add some water for a more enjoyable (relaxed) drinking.