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It opens on starchy linen. Then sherbet, lavender, sunflower seeds and toasted trail mix. An organoleptic fabric of bath salts, elegant natural sweetness and cornflour. A little water brings out a chalkier, earthier side. Notes of pine sap, elderflower, juicy fruit, kiwi and lemon foam. The mouth is immediately rich and fruity; lots of pineapple cubes, jelly beans, strawberry laces, custard slices and creamy cherry liqueur. Water teases out a medicinal streak. Hints of gauze, crushed oatmeal, sweet flapjack, honeyed porridge and chalky mints.
A fruity and suggestive nose. Brimming with cheeky notes of mango, pineapple, creamy fruit syrups and pear liqueur. Rounded, expressive and enveloping. Further notes of creamy vanilla custard, fresh garden fruits and an assertive lick of white pepper. With water comes cocoa-dusted orange slices, marshmallows in hot chocolate, dried papaya, raisins in cream sherry and strawberries drizzled with aged balsamic. The delivery on the palate is strong and punchy but the sherry is pronounced and well-balanced. Hot gingerbread, fig jam and caramelised onions with lots of chocolate sauce, pineapple syrups, foam bananas and mint imperial sweets in the background. With water there’s barley sugars, caramel, orange essence, more cocoa powder, nutmeg and cinnamon sweets. A lush and easy sherry character with multitudinous confectionery notes and a nervous earthiness. Matured for five years in an oloroso sherry butt before being transferred to second-fill PX sherry butt.
The peatiness gives the nose some char and sharp smoke, like green wood on a bonfire; it also has medicinal elements (bandages, Germolene) and shell sand or sandstone dust. On the palate, marmalade and Battenberg sweetness is surrounded (though not overwhelmed) by menthol, tarry driftwood, charcoal and roofing felt on a beach hut. The reduced nose picks up liquorice, pipe dottles, burnt molasses, hessian bung cloths, salt and lime. The palate becomes much sweeter and tamer – apple tart and lemon meringue pie with a good mouth-tingling swirl of peat smoke. It ends up with a very acceptable balance indeed – eminently drinkable.