Appearance: Light gold, thin legs off a pretty sturdy necklace.
Nose: Malty with some wood spices, notably cinnamon, and white raisins. The maltiness turns creamy, with a hint of pine and unripe banana.
Palate: Citrus peel bitterness on the start, with pepper, caramel and wood spices. There’s a little hint of sweetness there, but it’s hidden.
Linger: Spicy, with pepper and some bitterness, with oak and a hint of wine dryness. The spice remains for a long time on the tongue, with sage settling on the gullet.
Nose: Again the Classic is noticeable here with the Bourbon cask impact of vanilla and honey, red fruits but with different style – this time it’s sweeter with dried apricots, prunes, sweet cinnamon, milk chocolate. There’s a constant honeyed freshness in the background. After a few minutes, more sherry influence with more red fruits sweetness and chocolate.
Palate: Spicy too but it’s accompanied with more sweetness to balance it. Honey, vanilla, white pepper, cinnamon, oak spice, milk chocolate, some dark chocolate nibbles, cinnamon and nutmeg, at the end it veers to some pleasant bitterness.
Finish: Medium length, chocolate, lingering spice and white pepper, honeyed dried red berries.