Right away it’s got just the most beautifully old smell. Old books, antique furniture, lemon polish, beeswax, old candles, latex paint, putty, totally smells every bit of its 40 years, in all the best ways. I absolutely adore this nose. It’s quite expressive even. Manuka honey, creme brûlée, banana, kumquat, buttercream, wonderful Demerara sugars, orange oil...wow. (95)
Edit: The empty glass smells of a chocolate croissant with a cappuccino within arms reach...Lordy mama I love this nose, I gotta bump it another point.
The palate simply can not keep up with the low abv, unfortunately. It’s got a weak mouthfeel, and falls rather flat. Some good flavors are here, old honey, chestnuts, an old wooden desk covered in dust, old candles, stroopwaffle, plaster. It just doesn’t have the viscosity or mouthfeel the nose promised. (89)
The old oak makes its presence felt. It’s not overbearing, but it’s got old man strength. Old wood, cherry, orange oil, black tea, soft and fades with a whimper (88)