Without water: Very intense sherry aroma - sweet, sour and spicy aromas go hand in hand here. Cocktail Cherry - associations, lovage and nutmeg, roasted nuts, milk chocolate and an intense vinous acidity.
With water: Aha, now come the 23 years whisky to light, old sour, slightly musty, earthy woody aroma. Cooked currant, old sherry, balsamic vinegar, hot sawdust, tobacco flavors and a hint of jasmine are also to be heard.
Intense and strong in the beginning. A fruity sweetness combines with old oak flavors and strong espresso. The sherry has the upper hand here at first. Currant, sour cherry and oranges. Still a little less sour than the nose would suggest. Just after some time, the interesting old and spicy oak flavors come to light: plenty of nutmeg, speculaas, roasted nuts, old leather couch, tobacco, mint, dark chocolate. A certain retro-style touch comes up, which I always hope for in such bottlings.
A certain sweetness in the form of sweetened coffee can be heard right down to the finish.
Departure is relatively long and the initial strong sweetness continues to fade, but still remains present. Mint and herbal oak flavors, espresso, black tea and slightly sugared coffee remain in the mouth. Nevertheless, it does not remain very bitter in the finish.