N: Care be taken here, either its a chemical one or ‘OBE’ - or both. Its faint with furniture/shoe polish, rose apples and honeyed caramel but the flavours are so faint its like stabbing in the dark. After time whats emerging is that undeniable oaky, oily, old style far-reaching maturation of old and far from the modest 8yo age statement on the label.
T: The lightest arrival one could perceive, its like weak grapefruit infused black tea with the teabag on its third use. Having said that, its tasty but utterly faint and almost unreadable. Aside from the OBE theres more furniture polish, melon/mango, butternut squash, caramel, milky malt and hints of aniseed - in fact hints of everything, its all so ‘hinty’ and savoury/herbal all the way.
F: Chocolate and smoked/roasted [hazel]nuts join heathery oak and yet more polish. Theres a tree reference here but i can’t get it - could be a touch of old creosote fencing panels that starts on the palate and comes in and out thereafter,…. ooh also flint and wait - theres fish at the death too, mackerel and crab yep. Vanilla cream and blackberry blossom conclude with a permeating finish that goes and on.
C: Really rather sophisticated for an eight year old with older style oak maturation most evident at the end. Im wandering now whether there was water in my glass before this was poured such is the opaqueness of this dram. Im also unclear as to what scoring such an oddity demonstrates, If it were presented at more familiar power levels, who knows? Its certainly worthy or a score regardless and definitely worth seeking out again for one whole pound.
Scores a C