I’m sure it’s tough out there for bottlers. Between Brexit and the feeding frenzy it’s tough to compete in the market.
The same is said for us humble customers. Bottles that used to be $150 (CAD) are now $450 ($CAD). Convert that however you like but the point is the same; we must choose wisely. Gambles hurt a lot more now.
I don’t write this note to be disrespectful to the bottler. I write it for the enthusiast, because I really appreciate thoughtful notes from similar minded folks to help me as well. So often is the case, as seen here; a very high average of over 89 from 20+ scores, without any notes. Don’t be fooled, people are manipulating the market for their own (financial) reasons or simply because they spent so much they must convince themselves it is worth it (confirmation bias), but more likely the former. Of course you can (and please do) disagree with me, but IMO this cask is flawed. Take care out there.
The nose is straight up bad and flawed. Wet newspaper, mothballs. No waxiness, no depth, it’s vacant. It has a dirtiness and a salesman will say farmy, but not In my opinion.
Taste starts where the nose left off, with predominant notes of old newspaper and mildew. It makes somewhat of a recover mid to end palate and some fruits start coming through such as apples and a little signature melon, but there’s no true depth or anything of interest.
Finish is definitely the best because it’s managed to lose the strong notes of newspaper and dust. Here the musty notes mingle with some fruit and comes across as a little dirty but not in a terrible way. It’s got a little more body and interest in the finish for sure, but in the end it’s not enough.