Eye: Gold, thick rims and large drops.
Nose: Caramel apple syrup with cinnamon sticks. Creamy and caramelized. Hints of wood after some air, but just the smokiness. Baked apples on the verge of burning.
Palate: Initial tongue punch of oak, but not woody. Warming and peppery, whole cloves and allspice berries. Dark fruit in the corners of my mouth reveal a deep armagnac influence. Mouthfeel is silky, light side of medium, oily and coating.
Finish: Finish opens up with more woodsmoke influence, still fairly slight on a long, long finish. Apple comes to the fore in an applewood and meat bark hit towards the end.