N: It’s sweet, not that i have a hugely sweet preference, but this I like. You can’t go wrong with this desirably deep/integrated sweet sherry nose with a sweet foosty depth. Notes then of Cognac served with crepes, toast, on-the-turn popcorn and one slowly caramelising marshmallow. Looking again, I found a deep & distant yet permeated mouldy milky sour note combined with a drop of honeyed Baby Cham - a character that speaks of 27 years in a bourbon cask [save for the Baby Cham, that’s more for Sake].
T: Reminds me immediately of my one day in the Aberfeldy warehouse and a meeting with a particular single cask from 1980. This echoes cask #49’s the same uncomplicated nature, clearly heavily aged and drinkable even if somewhat concentrated and woody - but one that holds itself just fine. Later I find lingering sour dry honeyed candy fruits, toasted barley and sour yet sugary? cereal/fruits. There’s some bubblegum/aniseed/cinnamon/root beer heat even with time and water.
F: It’s toast-dry with a touch of smoke and toasted barleycorn skins, whilst always maintaining those rich sherried candy fruits - albeit distant by now.
C: Possibly a tad over but very decent and most likeable.Scores a B