Nose: quite a rich, rounded nose, with all the expected plum juice, raisins and figs but also fresher notes of cherries and raspberries. Hints of espresso and pipe tobacco. Cinnamon and furniture polish. A little tiger balm. Oranges with clove. Cognac. Aniseed. A slightly acetic hint of Balsamico. Mouth: hot, showing the same Balsamico character and a slight astringency. Blackberries and prunes, cinnamon bark. Nutmeg. Morello cherries. Then more towards herbs, earthy notes, charred oak and walnuts. Finish: very long. The dryness in the very end (often Kavalan’s Achilles heel) is well within limits. Tobacco, chocolate dessert and cough syrup.