A serious vermouth. Plenty of Orange notes and intense herb flavours. Drunk on its own this is very bitter, interesting certainly but an acquired taste for sure. Mixed with orange juice and a little ice it is superb.
This is so far above any fortified wine I have ever tried (so many), that it makes no sense to score it anything less than 100/100. It's so excellent on it's own, or one the rocks with an orange slice. A splash of fine rum also works well.
Fine leathery, rancioed nose with brazil nut and macadamia -like greasy nuttiness. Orange peel, bergamot, clover, liquorice root, bitter herbs, vanilla and burnt sugar. Sweet attack with finely balancing acidity and considerable bitter grip tightnening around the perfumy dried citrus palate. Some spices and herbs. Vanilla of course. Finishes rather dry.
Mahogany color. High viscosity. Intense aroma strangely similar to coke: caramel, vanilla, brown sugar. Fairly sweet, with a some balancing twiggy bitterness. Pleasant to sip on, especially so in cold winter months in a comfortable chair in front of a fire.
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