Initially sweet, velvety and smooth with plenty of vanilla, rummy raisins, hazelnuts, coffee, bitter orange and that difficult concept of ‘rancio’ well known in old-style armagnac and cognac. The taste neat was not refined whatsoever, just hot, hot, hot like a volcanic eruption and sweet, sweet, sweet like molasses with cooling spearmint freshness in the finish. Nothing a liberal dash of water cannot rectify as the nose was even more multifaceted with a musty, earthy, oiliness, a dusting of cocoa powder and a spicy Madeira cake. The palate was now very different; sweet musky, slightly citric, hints of warm leather and an intriguing bitterness of cacao lingering in the background.
Age: 14 Years Date Distilled: December 2004 Cask Type: Second-fill barrel Region: Nicaragua ABV: 67.5% USA Allocation: 54 bottles