Furniture polish on antique leather covered furniture. My this doesn’t hold back on displaying its age. Old woods and lacquers are immediate, as are the aromas of dark chocolate and espresso coffee. There’s a menagerie of fruits – dried berries, raisins, currants, sultanas, prunes and a wide spread of marmalades and preserves. A light herbalness travels throughout the nose conjuring up both pine and tree saps along with a delicate touch of rancio. Stunning.
A superlative arrival delivering excellent mouth-feel and immediacy of flavour. Wood spice is right at the fore now – pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, along with some real nuttiness from hazelnut. Aged flavours of polish, cracked leather and smouldering tobacco are still present giving away once again the providence of this whisky. Fruits are still dried, stewed and jammed, and are joined by a touch of balsamic vinegar and bitterness of oak. As it travels from the arrival through the front, mid and back palate, the whisky becomes steadily drying in a totally progressive manner.
Long, lingering and emphasising both spice and rich chocolate.