Cognac color. Hand warm is the malt and he has been breathing hard for the last ten minutes too, the frame is right. I expect under the conditions a juvenile-wild, powerfully strong alcohol nose, but see me mistaken. Barrel strong 65.2% ABV? Hard to believe. Instead, a very clear, fresh note. The alcohol works surprisingly well integrated here. Instead of alcohol, I perceive a very interesting spice, which can not be easily assigned. In addition, a light fruitiness that reminds of ripe light grapes, quinces, gooseberries and yellow plums. Lots of sweetness but also a certain tingling 'dryness' in the nose.
HELP! I have, probably a little disappointed by the gentle nose, immediately taken a nice, strong sip and waved expectantly in the mouth. I regret that at once. It's getting hot. The taste buds block and I have to collect myself first. Let's just say it as a planned rinse and try again. This time, however, much more respectful. 'Sipping instead of tipping' used to be what my legal mentor used to say over 25 years ago. That's how we do it. It's still on the lips. But at the tip of the tongue the enjoyment is over again. It gets hot and alcoholic. The saliva for dilution can not be formed so quickly. Too strong for me. In the end, I perceive fruity sweetness and fine herbs, but all under a hot alcohol veil, which takes a lot of flavor. He needs a little water, then he will rise like a rose in the sunshine. A phenomenon that has been more prevalent since the departure of the "old" crew Valinches with the CV20 (Duncan 'The Budgie' MacFadyen), distillates, all of which had come from the Whyte & Mackay period, specifically 1989-1992. Straight from the wood, the younger bottlings since CV21 often do not reach their optimum (yet). Sure, there are exceptions from the aforementioned Valinches, which are already extremely powerful. Such as the previous barrel, CV36, or the wonderfully vain CV30. I slowly start to add water. The nose remains stable, a good pit. The Malt is an excellent swimmer. He goes as hoped. Now, when tasting, it immediately becomes clear why the barrel was selected as Valinch. The palate begins to reflect the aromas of the nose. The veil of alcohol lifts, the sweetness comes to the fore. Warm and soft on the tongue, only then it becomes stronger. Cookie dough. Bruichladdich! Then spice printen. Great Madeira sweetness from the very first sip. Spices, maltiness and other pastry and cereal notes. No miss notes, no bitterness, very nice, fruity influences. The alcohol is now perfectly integrated, is neither sprightly nor unduly hot.
Finish / Conclusion
Vinous, long warm finish. Again a very successful overall, though certainly not a very simple malt. He is deceiving. He flatters the inclined connoisseur first with a beguiling soft Madeira nose, then he hits on the tongue with his 65.2% ABV lightning-fast and mercilessly hot. With the addition of a well-measured amount of water, on the other hand, it becomes wonderful - with extremely exciting aromas, if you like Madeira storage, which I absolutely do. With water a really good one among the crew Valinches. But warning! Without water more suitable for educational purposes.