N: Not that many miniatures suffer from excessive evaporation, and those that do can be surprisingly intact. This one is touch-and-go but may just pull through. Smells of an old caramel-ed blend with half a Werther’s toffee, a metallic hue [OBE me reckons], creamy barley, hints of creamy smoky buttermilk and a suggestion of washing detergent. It’s all rather faint though reviving steadily.
T: Quite some OBE with a punchy [Malt Martin], edgy attack. Initially there’s a bath water/barley flour paste/dunnage-y mild funk that leads on to firm bitter oak & caramel, fruity<grainy polished chesterfields, some lingering pipe tobacco and aromatic peppery liquorice. Heaps of OBE stays throughout.
F: More on the same lines followed by a wave of creamy/bees-wax/Caramac and a subsequently matched mouthfeel. A touch soapy now before a bitter>sweet dry oaky caramel & black tea finish.
C: Flawed yet admirable in part. I’d be pleased to try a better sample.
Scores a D+