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The colour is a deep reddish bronze (pretty identical to the 47). On the nose, damp tobacco leaves, plums, rum-raisin, old leather, Christmas cake. Some papaya as well. Light molasses and cloves. More gentle with water. Beautiful, rich and deep, much more so than the 47.
On the palate, many of the same notes as the notes but very herbal - mint, rosemary, sage. Has a nice sweetness. Creamy mouthfeel. Apricots and plums, and loads of blueberries. Water tames the alcohol but retains the complexity. Extremely thick and rich; side-by-side, the 47 is thinner than the 49, with less oomph. But the 49 has a little too much oomph and a bit fuzzy with a touch of sulphur. Still, very complex.
The finish is long and deep but not overwhelming - dates, port and a touch of cloves. It is surprising that this batch, with a slightly lower ABV than 47 (OK, 0.6% less but who's counting) actually has more power behind it. That's not necessarily better or worse. In fact, it is a bit too much in the mouth (though the nose is wonderful). I would rate this one slightly higher than the 47 as it seems to give more bang for your buck - but only slightly. Both are well worth the investment.