Official tasting notes:
Nose: A symphony of rich, inviting aromas waft from the glass. Initially, there’s a burst of dried fruits, led by raisins and figs, followed by a delicate nuttiness of almonds and walnuts. The influence of the ex-Amontillado sherry barrel is unmistakable, with notes of warm, spiced oak, and a gentle suggestion of toffee and caramel.
Palate: The first sip is a revelation. The mouthfeel is velvety and luxurious, coating the palate with a harmonious blend of flavours. There’s an immediate burst of sweet, juicy red berries, mingling with honeyed apricots and dates. The sherry influence is pronounced, lending a delightful complexity with hints of roasted nuts, dark chocolate, and a subtle undercurrent of dried orange peel.
Finish: The finish is long and contemplative, with layers of flavour gradually revealing themselves. Oak and spice take centre stage, as the warmth of cinnamon and cloves interlaces with a touch of espresso bitterness. The sherry influence lingers, imparting a sweet, fruity echo that fades into a gentle, oak-driven dryness. It’s a captivating finale that invites you to savour every moment.