N: The stupidly dark hue suggests heaps of added colour, and nosing it backs up that premise. E150a aside, there’s a heavy presence of old, thick woody ripe sherried orchard fruits as if my local Wood Store had installed a fruity perfume atomiser - all well softened in the bottle, though there’s still plenty of life left in this 1980-90’s miniature. It later becomes more creamy [full fat], poured over a new untreated shed. Later I got mildly aromatic curry spiced caramel vanilla icecream inside stale wafers, followed by a grow-bag/fertiliser, butter=lard and plastic popadoms?!
T: Yikes, that’s prickly and woody. It’s temporarily very bourbon-like before the medicinal fruit lozenges have a chance to bustle out through the shed door. [With water], it soon becomes malty, dry and fruity-bitter followed by a touch of soot and plastic-y leather bitter oak - the wood thick in the mouth - with little sweetness despite a malty-milky heart. It’s become very dry now with slight aniseed-liquorice candy notes. I rather like the mouthfeel that develops alongside that dryness, right around the palate edge and almost onto the lips.
F: Even with water there’s a malaise of small prickles. Mellowed by water, there’s some milky vanilla caramel, a bitter fruity < maltiness, a roasted vegetal-medicinal-bourbon sweetness and more hints of soot.
C: This started out rather poorly but showed far more aptitude later on. A 10yo going on 25 with an Aldi presentation-vibe within, it’s a hairy ride with lots of curiosities to seek out. I’ll be backing these notes up with another miniature soon enough.
Scores 84/85 points, so a B[-].