N: The colour is of a dark orangey gold that suggests we are in ‘old country’. Straight away theres vibrant streaky bacon & pork crackling, BBQ veg skewers being suitability charred, smoked tofu, light soy with black bean sauce, maple syrup and a little leather [jacket, worn by a smoking’ pig]. So much complex smoking, roasting and BBQ’ing going on, its untrue. Theres also a light fruity citrus note but its the BBQ herbal-sweet that captures it for me, yet its no smoke bomb at all.
T: The palate doesn’t disappoint. Starts smoky in a flavoursome way before a herbal-to-sweet manoeveur, building all the time much like the previous NAS. Theres some excellent cask action here, long and slow. Herbal-sweet, dryish oily oaky, sweet n smoky sustaining yummy delights,…
F: Heathery dry-smokey-meaty-herbal-oaky-fresh,… yet its the collective experience that counts here. Bows out gracefully.
C: Really interesting going back to the younger NAS 70 proof [first bottle], as both that & this share the same oily deep, almost umami complex - yet in different places. Can you imagine walking into an Oddbins now and buying this kind of stuff that dreams are made of?
Scores an A