It’s a young sherry monster, which could have come from anywhere.
Chateauneuf du Pape Cask Finish, 11 Years Old
Year of Bottling
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Primal but not raw nose of dense, herbal Oloroso sherry with hints of crushed grape, mint, thyme, heather, berries and a touch of wheat flakes. Water brings out some mocha notes.
Palate: Full, clean, Oloroso sherry with dried prune, walnut, treacle and neat masking alcohol. Water makes it a little homogenous.
Finish: A little bitter with herbal spirit notes coming through to reinforce youthfulness. Dilution mitigates a little of the bitterness and emphasises the spices.
Comment: It’s a young sherry monster, which could have come from anywhere.
Nose: Spiced honey, fruit-filled flapjack, juicy raisins and coconut. With water, more jammy notes are revealed, like strawberries ‘n’ cream sweets, vanilla, and Pedro Ximenez sherry.
Palate: Warm and intense, with rich notes of fruit cake, raisins, and brandy butter, as well as a more sour fruitiness.
Finish: Complex and dry sherry and wood notes, with a slightly chalky texture.
Comment: Robust and complex, packed full of dark fruit flavours. Good to explore with water (and maybe a slice of fruit cake), or in cocktails like a Rob Roy.
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