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I've been looking forward to trying this one for a long time and it's delivered big time!
NOSE: very big and sweet with lovely sherry and even some white port notes. Wonderful cinnamon, all spice and 50% cacao chocolate. With a little water: rum, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, over-ripe fruit basket. Rose petals, black tea and sour cherries.
TASTE: wonderful, incredibly rich, full-bodied chocolate toffee, sour cherries again. Sweet and sour. Water brings out more black tea tannins, dried fruit, and hints of chocolate again. I wouldn't add too much water to it, though. In my opinion, the complexity and charm of this whisky diminishes if you over-dilute it with water.
FINISH: warming, slightly oaky, overripe melon, long sherry finish. There's one popular dessert in Russia which is basically chocolate covered prunes. This finish is laden with this stuff.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: a lovely sweet dram I've fallen in love with. It's not too complex, but it's very hearty and satisfying.