N: All those extra years bring some bung-cloth depth, yet the underlying spirity barley essence is not lost at all. Descriptors talk of straw-dry raisin-y malt, hessian grain sacks, savoury-sweet citrus-laced cardboard-y honeyed oats, a touch of tube-balloon solution and comfrey tea leaves.
T: Sharpish straw-barley that becomes more astringent before giving way to savoury-sweet honeyed malt with bitter lemon & dry grapefruit [pith], rosehip tea, and a mash-like putty. Add water and the earthy/chalky field mushrooms spring up whilst the whole experience consolidates rather well too, not that it’s the easiest ride.
F: Pretty much lifts off after the palate is done, save for some lingering sprites that speak of faint aniseed-y, earthy/chalky putty tannins. Significant echoes ensue.
C: Those extra 18 years bring a fair bit more to the party, but there’s a significant trade-off. With thanks to Mr D. Worthington.
Scores a B-