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Nose: Malty and lightly sherried (though obviously so). A little leather and cocoa/coffee. Touch of salt and red fruit. Cherries/strawberries. Lightly oxidized sherry quality; it's just very light. Straightforward and pleasant.
Palate: Water and a bit flat. It's silky and creamy. Sweet melon and light sweetness. It turns to more varnish and bitter wood, even as the fruit remains.
Finish: Same as the palate, and a bit of a pleasant "off" bitter element. It's easy to drink, but unexceptional for a sherried brew (esp. for this age) and the bigger Karuizawa.