Cecil Beaton Bottle (58.1%)
Nose: Initial Sherry gives way to lightly salted cashew nuts, Sun-Maid raisins and orange oil. Wine gums and banana develop on a rich, syrupy nose.
Palate: Dignified but creamy oak and spice with sultanas. Creamy Wine Gums again on the tail with a little water.
Finish: Pleasing, subtle oak and a touch of cherry.
Julian Calder Bottle (55.7%)
Nose: A sweet, rich start becomes more substantial with dark oak notes and honeycomb. A little water opens this up for fuller, rich, dark Christmas cake, dates and demerara.
Palate: Oak intensity is saved by exquisite espresso. Again, water helps here, revealing prunes, dates and tobacco.
Finish: Long with oak and cocoa.