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Nose: Amazing. It's very typical Karuizawa. Chocolate, maraschino cherries that are just dripping with liqueur. Elegant and just flippin' awesome. Orange, maybe light brown sugar molasses. Dates. Red berries and ginger. A little toffee-esque sweetness in the background, soft wood influence. Polish and leather. Pine/forest, a touch sour, and full of some stone fruit. Let's finish this as it began: Amazing.
Palate: Thick and rich. Honey, wood, extracted sherry. Very light salt. Wood influence is fine, but you get a strong dose of bitterness in the middle. It's not a sweet sherry, but dry and darker on the palate that in the nose. Date-pineapple-papaya juice, but very trace. Really nice, but a let down compared to the nose.
Finish: A bit brief, though it grows with more tasted. The nose is simply astounding. Chocolate, espresso, wood, and tropical elements. Definite and lovely umami in the background; it's delicious. Takes water, but better without. The nose is exceptional, the palate is very good, and the finish is excellent.