Colour-wise, this has a distinct murky golden ruddiness that only a really old sherry number, one that’s aged in cask & glass could provide.
N: Despite the thick smoke that’s fully penetrated every corner of the bijou Cafe Bar Madonna, I’m picking out a shopping list of flavours centred around textural & chewy oaky fructose sugars with a fungal touch. This is ‘full’ despite also being a little delicate yet sharp/peppery with some spiced heat, caramel-ed dried fruits, fruits in lolly & yoghurt form, candy fruits, fruit pieces in sponge, boot polish, leather, some murky fusty dunnage,.…. I love what Serge says about this being ‘Not easy-easy and maybe a tad cerebral, but truly wonderful’. His overall notes for this whisky are amazing.
T: Immediate head nods for the express-delivered OBE-led dustiness & dry sherry>sweet citrus chew. It swiftly becomes somewhat narrow with a focused spicy attack (yet totally within acceptable limits), and a little acidity before widening out again towards more of that heady-light ethereal action – the physical experience concentrated mainly around the mid~side palate. Doesn’t long-aged first fill sherry-matured juice just love these long standing glass-contained conditions? Bravo Charlie Tango and I share all manner of personal & philosophy thoughts whilst a strong & singular waft of sinsemilla enters the nicotine-filled bar.
F: Fructose-sweet old dusty sherry, flavoured with cloves, cinnamon, vivid dried clementines and radishes. The savoury-fructose-sweetness with a fungal sour side and only a little oak bitters & dry oak oils, tickle the umami G-spot.
C: A sensational experience despite this being the last pour from an old bottle. Only the high 56% abv saved this one from oblivion. A true Berlin highlight.
Scores an A[-]