I remember the â€˜dad noisesâ€™ that flew around the room when this was presented by Shinji Fukuyo of Suntory at the Three Masters masterclass back in 2016 - a masterclass where, for the first time ever, I lost my entire eventâ€™s notes. Incredibly, many people had left their samples almost completely untouched, allowing me to acquire a further sample for a later retrospection. From memory this was the highlight of the 9 dram flight.
N:Â Colour-wise itâ€™s as dark as prune juice, whilst nose-wise thereâ€™s a soft integration/cohesion to the whole. Moving closer in, weâ€™ve deep yet soft & saturated wood oils with sugary shoe polish, dried smoked meats [honeyed, lightly peppered], dusty icing sugar, a dusty vegetable stir-fry freshness, soot - dusty soot, more sweet smokey meats, leather bound [music] books slowly burning in the fire,â€¦. Thatâ€™ll do nicely.
F:Â Rich yet relaxed, viscous yet flowing sweet woody honeyed/syrupy fruits with more shoe polish, ashy soot, malty sherried/syrupy candles,â€¦
T:Â ...into a malty-savoury-sweet, soft-fresh, ashy sootiness concluding with a smokey armagnac and a touch more ashy/sooty shoe polish - quite some repetition in there I know. Fairly bitter char notes and sherry tannins at the last with a few different fruits in various forms popping out from behind the curtain for the final bow. Iâ€™d be interested to know the ppm of this one.
C: Intense and distinct whisky indeed. Whilst the cask and its char remain profile dominant, there remains an overall cohesion.Scores a B+