APPEARANCE: Intensely dark amber with a reddish color that gives it the look of a tawny Port. Very slow, medium-width legs.
NOSE: A strong vanilla bouquet right out of the gate, followed by affiliations with other spirits, such as Cognac and Port. It then develops candied-fruit and caramel aromas.
PALATE: A very fruity and chocolaty component (much like Van Winkle's 20-year-old, but not as woody). Red berries are the predominant notions. Makes a spicy, tart almost cinnamon impression on the roof of the mouth before softening to the caramel and vanilla notes that the aroma suggests.
FINISH: The ending is the great delight as the bouquet and palate flavors continue up until the curtain call reveals a nutty, toasty side.