...and this one is another great pick of the past. The nose is fine but somewhat shy and closed - but both taste and finish offer a delicious and very enjoyable experience. So skip nosing and go straight for the drinking pleasure!
PS: I do not find the sulphur note (rotten eggs) another member described in his/her tasting notes.
The colour is amontillado sherry and the nose offers a flawless modern sherry profile which is punchy and a little shy first - so let it breathe for some minutes. It opens up somewhat but still it is rather unimpressive. Maybe water helps ... no, not really. Some chalky-waxy aromas pop up but this nose stays shy, unfortunately.
The taste is much bolder than the nose with delicious sherry flavours in a sweet barley sugary setting. It is layered with delicate spices joining later as do appropriate wooden notes (which never dominate). This is a very fine balance of flavours, indeed. There are different nuts, fruits, sugars and many more to explore, I like that. This dram is great for chewing, try it and find even more flavours this way,
The dram arrives warming and nicely coating on the palate without distracting moments. The finish is long and combines the different layers of the taste to a spicy chocolate impression which is very tasty. No distracting moments again, a minor drying wooden note towards the end is rather appreciated to counter the sweetness. Water smoothes the dram but the layers are gone now as is the delicious chocolatey flavour in the finish. I clearly prefer the neat dram.