Nutty old wood…crushed walnuts with a crisp, smoky undertone.
No sweetness here. Classic old wine/floral notes with a bit of vegetal funk and a hint of juniper. Slightly mineral with a touch of crisp green apple. Subtle plastic-y peat, the old band-aid kind. I suspect that’s the bit of distillate ready to shine.
Indeed, there’s quite a bit of that wonderful oily, mineral/chalky, citrusy grapefruits in the initial sip. Slightly cereal, with a grassy/vegetal style…like dirt covered tomato vines. The clay/guava bits are there, like the previous pour…which I guess can be interpreted as plasticine? Certainly, more distillery character/driven in this one.
A beautiful representation of an ideal marriage between a great spirit and an equally impressive wine cask. I honestly did not expect this would be so distillate driven, but happily welcomed it. Some palates might’ve enjoyed a sweeter, wine influence but for me, I’ll always take the subtle complexity of a well made spirit over a so-called “winesky.”