Nose: Musty, intense, wine-like nose with notes of cigar boxes and rich pipe tobacco. Hints of sherry, candied peels and allspice develop in the glass.
Palate: Curiously herbal, oily palate with delightful waves of rosemary, stewed fruit and vanilla. Toasted spices and cracked black pepper, with a hint of olive oil. Citrus appears late palate.
Finish: Long, oily, herbal finish with notes of orange and hints of dessert wine. A little cedar on the tail.
Overall: A massively complex and pleasingly aromatic Manhattan, clearly made with a vermouth of real pedigree.