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This is a blend from sherry butt & bourbon casks #6405, 4973, 8184, 6437, ranging from 1981-1984. I may be mistaken, but I think that this is the first multi-vintage expression under the Noh label (or with the Noh images, perhaps more accurately).
Nose: Prune, fig, date, syrup. This baby is heavy and fruit. Also a bit of the elegant salty game meat, but secondary or tertiary and complementary. Chocolate, wood, cinnamon, and licorice. Perhaps even some gran marnier and gorgeous seville oranges. Almost reminds me, at points, of some of my favorite baco Armagnacs. Hooray! (with water) Rather more elegant, with greater emphasis on light extracted fruit and honey. Demerara rum and syrup.
Palate: All that was on the nose, this baby delivers. Orange, chocolate, figs, salted bacon grease (yum), wood, vanilla, and date extract. Elegant and powerful. (with water) brilliant. I love this without water, but with water... speechless.
Finish: Thick and chewy, just a delight. I forgot to put a score on this; my final note was, as written: BUY A BOTTLE OR MORE. Check. So, I'm going to have to say that this was somewhere between an A and an A+. Marvelous stuff and just what I want. For the sake of being absolutely arbitrary, I'm just going to give this a 97.