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This is a Batch 06 APR.2012 bottle and boy is it delicious! Thank you, fellow Connosr members, for recommending this one!
NOSE: sweet dried fruit (think dates) nose with lovely tannic sherry, brown sugar and raisins. There's a slight bite to it as well. Water accentuates its sour component, bringing forward the aromas of dried sour cherries and cranberries. There's also a ton of spices: black pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, dried mint, star anise (definitely star anise), cardamom. Being heavily sherried, it still isn't a sherry bomb. It offers a lot more than just the standard big sherry nose. Shortcrust with slightly toasted coconut flakes and orange zest. Caramel mocha with some unexpected herbal notes of dill and parsley. Water and time reveals a big black tea note. There's also a very strange note of dried dogs' food...But that isn't something off-putting. It's just very interesting and unusual. 24/25
TASTE: without water it is actually surprisingly smooth with creamy sherried flavors, star anise, ginger and licorice. Dates, prunes, figs and lush semi-dark chocolate with raspberries. Some caramel mocha flavors as well. With water it becomes more sour (sour cherries and reveals a touch of nuttiness as well. With time you can also spot some brewed green tea notes. 23/25
FINISH: long and intense. Rich, sherry, vanilla, black tea, but not a lot of tannins (love it!). Honeyed vanilla poundcake. Creamy coconut creme brulee ice-cream. Some floral notes as well. 23/25
OVERALL IMPRESSION: a very beautiful dram which is just exploding with bold, dessert-like but very well-rounded flavors. It is unlike anything I've ever tried. Unique and exceptionally pleasurable. It's definitely going to be on my top 10 list.