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This is a big time sherry monsters from one of the leaders in that field. This Parliament is an absolute bargin at around $180 (AUD). While i think the Allardice (18 y/o) is a bit locked up, this is grand and beautiful.
Nose: Burnt toffee, figs, dark chocolate, plums, maraschino cherries, raisins and honey glazed ham with rum notes of molasses and Demerara sugar. Also a big note of Pedro Ximinez sherry with some savoury notes of ash (as in ashes) and cedar wood along with a hint of parsley. With water more Demerara sugar and ham are more pronounced along with regular toffee (not burnt) some leather and a hint of toast.
Pallet: muscular and dense, coffee Christmas cake, crystallised ginger rum again with ham, pepper coffee some wood and gentle herbal influence. With water regular ginger more mocha/coffee and ham.
Finish: spices, clove and cumin with dark chocolate English breakfast tea and a pop of lychee right at the back. With water more old sherry notes, leather, tobacco and tea
Mark neat – 8.6, with water 9.1.