Color: Red mahogany, chestnut honey color with a thin ring of teardrops around the glass hesitantly starting very slow thin but oily legs.
Nose: Damson plums, grape molasses and kriek lambic. Black cherry soda and dusty and damp basement rugs. Dry wood, vintage record sleeves and rose petals. After airing it a little and also a couple drops of water later: Candied figs, Werther's Original hard candies and lightly roasted coffee beans.
Palate: More spicy less fruity upfront. It actually feels older than 20 year old... Aged balsamic vinegar, old oak staves and allspice. Prunes and dried quince slices. Dark chocolate with cacao nibs, freshly brewed espresso, cinnamon and ground cloves. After some time in the glass and adding water: Dried papaya slices, Maraschino cherries and cranberry juice. Black table grapes...
Finish: Long and with a little tingling sensation on the tongue. Cola, rooibos tea and cardamom.
Overall: It's thick and dense, very syrupy, tart, sweet and fruity. It's more like an end of the night kinda brandy or to pair with a heavy dessert like a sticky toffee pudding or molten chocolate cake. In the end I pretty much loved it... Also kinda relieving to see that it's actually not an every day brandy. Now I know that I can make this bottle last pretty long.