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100% Palomino - Jerez, Spain
Nose: wide and excellent. There’s vanilla and lots of polished wood and beeswax. A whiff of petrol. Caramelized almonds and hints of quince jelly and dried apricots. Echoes of seaweed in the background, as it warms up also a hint of tobacco leaves and more nutty notes.
Mouth: perhaps a little sharper than the nose suggested. Very dry, with a good acidity and a vertical profile that shows more than a hint of its Sanlúcar coastal provenance. Walnuts and hazelnuts. Deep salinity, almost earthy notes and just enough citrus, toffee and polished wood to break the astringency. Slightly more wood influence (tannins) than in similar old Amontillados, I would say.
21% ABV. Average of 7 years in solera under flor that dissipates / additional 20 years of oxidative aging