Teaninich 34 yo 1983/2018 (46.2%, Berry Bros & Rudd for Shinanoya, Japan, refill hogshead, cask #6729, 252 bottles) Five stars
With this wonderful retro label from BBR’s. As for Tokyo’s Shinanoya, the reputation’s high, as you probably know. Colour: straw. Nose: ooh! Shoe polish, metal polish, old copper kettle, old coins, then mead, fresh mushrooms, leather polish, guns, grapefruit marmalade, glazed chestnuts, quince jelly, hawthorn tea, nettle and asparagus soups… Well, what a complex nose! I just love it profoundly. Mouth: exceptional Teaninich, a tad sharp at first, then bizarrely medicinal (aspirin and camphor), then full of teas and ointments, plus jams and marmalades. Waxes and citrus, Wulong tea, a touch of red pepper, a wonderful oily bitterness (olive oil)… This is star. Finish: medium, on pretty much the same flavours. Waxes, citrus, herbs, teas… Comments: a magnificent Teaninich and one of the shining stars in Limburg this year. Grapefruits and waxes? Bingo!
SGP:661 - 93 points.