Fill: Below shoulder. Note that the seal was compromised and the lid did not close tightly after being opened ~2 months prior, which has been taken into account.
Appearance: golden brown, like a rich maple syrup, beautiful colour, no significant legs.
Nose: Dried fruits, watermelon, fine sherry, the distillery character – rainforest/damp undergrowth scent but could be more of a faint fig aroma, earthy tones, varnish of some kind, oakiness of high quality wood, chocolate, nuts, raisins, slight toffee, brown sugar, musky old books, vanilla, rum and raisin ice cream. Incredible!
Mouth: Punchy, zesty, intense, warming; a big initial hit and a slight numbing of the senses! Very high quality mouthfeel, oily and yet still supple somehow; oaky spices, dried fruits (lingering and very well established with majority figs), sherry, “rainforest in the mouth”, toffee and chocolate.
Finish: Medium to long finish, dried fruits and figs linger, high quality wood towards the end, well sustained. Something of a funny flavour at the very end that I couldn’t put my finger on, and perhaps even a little out of place but still interesting.