The first dram of the flight of five is poured. “What’s this?” asks Charles. This would remain the theme of the evening. Listed on Whiskybase as a 16yo but described on the SMWS tasting panel sheet as a 15yo, a 2nd fill bourbon barrel is credited.
N: Charles starts us off with “bung cloth”. I get hessian sacks and dry grain also. Along with our host, this was collectively regarded as 'a prickly one’.
T: The prickliness continues along resinous vanilla lines. 50/50 water brings a softer textured mouthfeel, though it continues to snap.
F: Chalky/milky-dry and still with some resinous heat. Finishes bitter.
C: Tactfully described as “inoffensive”, this I found similar to our aperitif.
Scores a D+