Nose is sweet, reminiscent of dark corn syrup and birch beer; thick, as if you could spread it on a piece of toast, and not as sherried as the 12 y.o. Palate is surprisingly light, becoming a bit aggressive. Sherried at first, then shows tree bark and corn syrup. Finish is sticky, long, and arborial, reminiscent of tree sap. A splash of water removes harshness, turning it into quite an enjoyable dram.