C1.2 - Deep as the fountains of sleep

XO Cognac, 48.2% abv, French Oak Barrel, 444 bottles

SMWS C1.2 - Deep as the fountains of sleepThe nose has marmalade, plums, and hints of tobacco. The mouthfeel is rich with a little cling. The body has oak furniture, butterscotch, vanilla and salted caramels, with hints of orange fondant towards the finish. The finish is sweet - butterscotch and oak.

I did not add water until the very end, as I preferred to let the flavours build - slightly herbal and spicy notes appeared, alongside some liquorice.

Water brought short-lived whorling, and more of the oak and herbal notes.

A decent after dinner drink.