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Nose: Wow, an incredible standard sherried profile. Strawberries, red currants, and very jammy at that. With more air, it gets some of the oxidative notes (more to 'brown' flavors with a slightly old wine and metalic overture). dark caramel and coffee emerge. cardamom, creamy vanilla, chocolate, and a touch of leather and polished wood. dates and then figs. Rich and very dense. (with water) demerara, and the oxidative notes are more prominent. Pie crust, caramel covered fruit, and older, nearly past-ripe strawberries.
Palate: A bit warm at first. Heavily extracted sherry, pepper, and lots of wood and leather. What do we have here - nuts? Pecans, cashews, and pralines. Cherries and strawberries. Not the most complex, but certainly intriguing. (with water) Much more accessible. Honey, coffee, baking chocolate. Less wood and only a touch of fruit, but more pecans and oxidized wine (it's that medium aged sherry)
Finish: long and excellent, between fruit and elegant dark wood. I really liked this, and there's a lot that reminds me, actually, of the macallan 18, though this packs a bit more verve and doesn't lose itself along the way with oxygen. Perhaps not as complex and deep as some, but I do tend to like these sorts of sherry bombs. A- (90)