These notes are an amalgamation from two sample tastings, taken 4 months apart.
N: A mature yet super-vibrant HP with sugar-pumped raisins & cranberry [read those healthy food packets carefully], yet also with a subtle tropical & sugary-sweet, malty, lactose-fungal bung cloth side. A super refill snifter.
T: Wasn’t HP once regarded as the ideal all-rounder? Water brings out a broad spectrum of flavours, namely bready/malty/ > salty < lactose-fungal, the savoury sugary=malty-sweetness from the nose & now palate heavily countered with a bitter citrus note.
F: Another short, bitter metallic & malty finish.
C: A 'big’ HP [check that abv after 25 years], which for £115, was keenly snapped up by queuing fans & flippers.
Scores a B-