Maybe starting with an impressive fermentation time of 142 hours?
When it comes to barrel composition, the focus is on 1st-Fill Casks (46% First Fill US, 22% Virgin US, 15% Premium French, 17% Vin Doux Naturel).
Hook Head 1.1 is less chocolaty than, for example, Sheestown 1.2, but more fruity and spicy with a pleasant spiciness. I could very well imagine it as a peated edition.
Malt, nougat, toffee, caramel - the aroma quartet that is the prelude in the nose of every Waterford I've had in my glass. In different forms, different intensities, but always there. So this is something that should be terroir-independent. Here now the aforementioned aromas in an intensive execution, accompanied by yeast dough and fresh grass clippings. Apricot jam, quince jelly. Slightly salty, maybe even a bit maritime with sea spray. With it a good portion of cayenne pepper, rosemary, thyme.
As usual, strong and mouth-filling, the 50% suit him just as well as his brothers. Fruity and spicy with fresh apricots, apple pieces, quince. Milk chocolate, nougat and marzipan are there, although less pronounced than you might think based on the nose. A fresh and salty breeze from the sea, with pepper, chili powder, turmeric, cinnamon.
Medium-long finish, slightly dry. Here the chocolate notes develop to their full potential and then also bring cocoa, nougat and marzipan bread with them. Sounds spicy and only slightly fruity.