Producer’s tasting notes
Nose: The nose opens dramatically with raisin, dates, figs and apricot, dried in the Mediterranean sun. A remarkable opening for the next wave of Turkish delight and marzipan fused with vanilla, date syrup and prune. The sweetness is exaggerated with a malted barley sugar note. the flavours remind you of Christmas cake and yet there is a sunny late summer quality about this dram rather than winter comforts. Layered underneath the strong Jerez influence are gentle fruit notes present in the spirit since the day it flowed from the stills.
Palate: The palate is complex and deep; the full-bodied texture will take time to release its full array of flavours and subtleties. But after 25 years in the making, you can afford a little time to savour this one. As the silky-smooth liquid settles on your tongue there is a heart- warming moment as the flavours released begin to tell the tale of the journey of the spirit to the bottle. The rich, dried fruit flavours with tobacco and leather notes of Jerez tell their story first before the Bordeaux oak offers its creamy vanilla sweetness and dusting of Demerara sugar.
Finish: Like an autumn sunset its finish is long and vivid. The remarkable balance from the selection of casks has allowed a medley of flavours to come together in harmony, there is a deft balance. Close your eyes and revel in this lavish, opulent and multi-layered expression.