The Nose: A fairly weighty and sweet nose with overripe cantaloupe, fat, sweetened malt notes and a raisins in rice pudding, no doubt thanks to the sherry. Nice secondary whiffs of French vanilla ice cream and salted nuts. Behind all that, earthier notes of fresh cut oak and dried hay ground the sweetness. With a bit of water, that fat sweetened malt takes on more semi-sweet chocolate and the sherry influence gets a littler winey-er.
The Palate: At strength, the palate is really tightly wound. Honey roasted nuts, pears in syrup and apple cider are quickly joined by a crisp sherried dryness,earthy spices, coriander, nutmeg, even a bit of cumin(?!), and a lot of nice wood tones; sawdusty tannins and more dried hay/grass notes. Water really helps the palate come alive, the wood is still strong, taut, and complex but the early sweetness and the more bitter spices aregiven a bit more space.
The Finish: Dusty and tannic, lots of wood hangs around, more fresh-cut oak, wood chips, with smattering of those slightly bitter spices as well.
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