Finished in a 1st Fill Charred Ex-Red Wine Barrique, I got a free and generous snifter after baulking at the dram price of £18.50 - though only £175 a bottle. Those figures ain’t right.
N: This gives off oils that only age brings, along with a refined vanilla cask dunnage note - what Charles Maclean more appropriately calls bung cloth [I think]. Peanuts come to the fore alongside oily candy and floral boiled sweets. It’s a familiar nose with common traits that many a well-aged whisky from a decent bourbon-cask display. Last time I came across it was a few days earlier at the Fringe [Blog], in the form of a 1979 BBR single blend. A touch of metallic clotted cream comes later, surprisingly cheesy - almost cheesecake-y & also brie-like.
T: Water helps it breathe and separate but initially it arrives like a wedge of crystalised sugars and a vanilla/bourbon-led maltiness. Those 29 years of maturation don’t seem to have conjured much complexity, the spirit seemingly unwilling or unable to transform into much more than a beautifully balanced/neutral cask-aged spirit. It’s a simple yet pleasing profile if a tad dry.
F: Old bourbon-led finish, so no surprises there. Wine, what wine?
C: There are younger & cheaper options but this is a fine older expression at a decent price.
Scores a B