Nose: Huge and aromatic. Bags of rum-soaked raisins, rich toffee, squidgy dried dates, and maple syrup flood the senses and fill the nose. Held to the nose a little longer and flambéed plums and maple syrup appear. And then there is that signature Kavalan-dusty element. This is just fabulous. No alcohol-burn on the nose at this hefty 59.4%.
Palate: Sweet & rich with deep a fruitiness and black pepper crackle on the tongue. Lashings of dried & plump sweet dates, caramel sauce, sherry, fruitcake spice, cinnamon, and again, that unmistakable Kavalan dusty-warehouse note that brings on a dry element after the initial sweet-sherry bombardment.
Finish: Long, rich, and sweet with a gentle peppery warmth. The sweetness tapers off to a pleasant dryness that then finally finishes on burnt sugar. The mouth is completely coated with the flavour.