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First Vapor: Extinguishing smoke of a cherry-vanilla candle.
Nose: Butterscotch is most apparent at first. Given several minutes, rich marzipan and orange zest come to dominate for the main theme. Repeated inhaling brings a background of hazy vanilla with red grape flesh.
Palate: Sweet orange & strawberry entrance, becoming nutmeg-y orange rind with honey and plum, and fading to vanilla milk with red apple.
Finish: Simultaneous feeling of meaty orange and toffee cereal with cream. Medium length and never getting too bitter.
A wonderful treat and a worthwhile big step up from the 10 in terms of both smoothness and richness. (If the 10 is a "primer", this could be the "Prime".) Sweet in character but never getting too sweet, the flavors nearly meet my expectations for such a sherry treated malt. From this shade of a whisky, I could only ask for more vanilla and pitted fruit character on the palate (apricot or cherry).