Appearance: Dark amber, almost orange.
Nose: Deep, dark, very raisiny and rich with tropical fruits. The character of brown cane sugar is evident. An oaky hint is very noticeable, then dates and tobacco.
Palate: Full, rich, sweet and honeyed, with dried figs and dates. Cinnamon, pepper, black tea and coffee. The sweet profile is complemented by hints of cloves, pepper and medicinal herbs. Intense mouthfeel.
Finish: The higher alcohol content compared to the younger releases makes it spicier and warmer, with tannins from the oak balancing the residual sweetness.