The sherry influence is unmistakable – dusky shades of toffee, brown sugar, molasses, Macaroon bars,prunes and Serrano ham; also hints of tree bark, tobacco leaf and attractive leather.
The palate is full-on – treacle, cough medicine, dried figs and dates, Black Bun, dark chilli chocolate, PX, Fernet Branca, quince jelly, pardon peppers and a spiced oak finish.
Water brings thick-cut marmalade and salted caramel to the nose; the taste now combines rich fruit cake and Twiglets; with dry ginger, liquorice and clove to finish. After 9 years in ex-bourbon oak it was transferred to a first-fill Oloroso hogshead.
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