Deep amber color. Strong aromas of vanilla bean, custard, citrus zest, apple strudel, and baking spices. Restrained at first on the palate with a glycerin-smooth softness. Then cinnamon bark, orange peel, and toffee notes, with acidity and heat kick that opens up the spirit. Rounds out with iodine, minerals, and dates accompanied by oaky spice. Prickly heat dances on the palate for a long 3-4 minute finish. Initial softness and mellow honeyed sweetness transforms into nice acidity, spice, heat and oak. A rollercoaster for the senses. Tasted 8/4/2008.