N: Colour: nearing prune juice levels. Smells of sherried prune juice too, giving away dessert-sweet aromas with a desirably murky underbelly. It’s a truly lovely snifter with all sorts of descriptors and nasal textures, one that is heading towards a dry savoury herbal tincture territory.
T: A tart-resinous yet fruity malty sweet reveal, a touch prickly/peppery before turning decidedly more malty, putty-ish and grainy. Plenty of teak furniture and beeswax on the turn.
F: Foosty/damp-fresh fruits and forests, with a sweet herbal polish. Quite an exquisite landing [I’ve been watching a lot of Commonwealth Games diving and gymnastics of late]. At the death, vanilla, compote fruits and some ash.
C: At times I felt it could have stayed in the oven longer, and as delightful as I found it, the cask and its previous contents were a tad heavy.Scores a B[+]