Sherry Puncheon (# DL12985, 596 btl.)
Immediately sherry on the nose with a potpourri of raisins, dark dried fruits, plums soaked in Armagnac and juicy overripe oranges. This is accompanied by Demerara sugar and dark toffee, followed by bitter chocolate and a whiff of cinnamon.
The palate delivers what the nose promises: sweet with a burst of sherry, treacle, plums and dark dried fruits. Then warming with cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg and subtle oak. Roasted bread and nutty flavours linger towards the finish.
The finish is long, warm and lingering with dark chocolate, barley sugar and sticky toffee, followed by ripe walnuts on the tail.
There's more cinnamon and spices coming through when a splash of water is added. Still sweet and fruity with plums, dark toffee and brown sugar. Slightly warming spices on the palate while sherry and dark fruits remain stable, showing some nutty flavours and nutmeg towards the finish. The finish is medium long and slightly dry with oak and delicate hazelnuts.
I thank Douglas Laing for the photograph!