I've been waiting for this one. It's "special". The color is a beautiful, natural amber - plus two. It's been aged exclusively in Oloroso casks, hence the color. ABV is 46%, non-chill filtered. All good things.
The nose is fresh and juicy. I'm getting maraschino cherries, cherry cough drops, fruitcake, something slightly astringent, raisins - scratch that - dates, cinnamon. It's very busy, like a slideshow of smells I can't quite identify. Now there's an islandy creamy smell, like toasted coconut/vanilla and creme brulee. It actually reminds me of this coconut smelling suntan lotion I used to wear as a teenager. Weird, I know.
Ten minutes in the glass and it's still changing. I've been expecting chocolate (from a previous tasting) but none yet.
Ooh I smell the sherry now. This takes me back...Pedro Ximenes. Fifteen minutes now - molasses-y Jamaican rum. No peat. None whatsoever.
Just a drop of water softens the nose. Sweeter and creamier.
This one arrives sharp on the tongue. Really warm. A little salty. Just a hint more water. Now it's more spice, cinnamon, pepper, paprika. There's a great haze in there now - Scotch mist. It's fading a bit now - much softer. Thirty minutes in the glass and the oiliness is coming out. The Sherry's off into the background and there's a hint of chocolate - a little smoke. Very mild.