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Nose: After it opens up, lovely oxidized sherry behind strawberry shortcake. Toffee and sandalwood, and a light herbal quality perhaps. Really nice, but a bit of a one note hit (even if it rich and deep). (with water) The fruit falls off a bit here. Caramel, toffee, oxidized sherry, and some dusty dry wood. Strawberry fruit hides in the background. This is really great quality, just not the most dynamic.
Palate: Thick, syrupy, and a little heat and chili at the front. Honey, chili, ginger, a few strawberries and lingonberries in a jam, and then some sharp and sour wood. (with water) More overt red fruit, but the wood is far bolder. It's both great wood, and a bit overmuch at turns, in a strange way (Two woods diverged in an amber glass..)
Finish: Soft wood, caramel, and a touch of fruit. Wood is the dominant characteristic. I like it, but it's a bit tough at points, and not the most complex. It's a high B.