DRC Dinner 2 (Sydney, Australia): My first encounter with this pomace brandy from DRC. Aged 17 years in barrel and about 600 bottles produced per vintage. It is very volatile straight after opening and pouring, but patience with it in the glass was rewarded with the volatility falling to the background and allowing more of the underlying elements to appear. There is an old cedar oak base, with caramel, cocoa, orange peel and some ginger. The palate showed complexity and persistence from the start and I found this also improved with some air, rounding out slightly while maintaining most of its intensity. I enjoyed the experience of trying this and quite liked it overall, but I don't have enough context/experience to give it a score/verdict.
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