Serge: ‘I think it’s Glen Catrine (Loch Lomond) behind this newish independent bottle’. Bottled for the Japanese market.
N: An odd one but not unlikeable, far from it – and one that reads well: Rich, floral deep-fusty dunnage vibe. Alongside, theres a sweet jammy [sponge] pong, fruity mature-cream, fusty nuts [chestnuts>walnuts=Brazils], a touch of painters brush,…
T: A strong one initially with an agreeable chew before,…things turn ‘funny’,… . There are off-sweet notes, some white-spirit/methylated cooking spirit, Brasso,.. Nitromors – if youve ever used this stuff, youll feel like youve ingested it just from the fumes alone. Some sips go down a briney/washing-up liquid plughole whilst others head towards a briney/putty-malt direction with a touch of oily=sooty>turpentine phenols. Dont add too much water, though heck it needs it.
F: Dry chewing gum, off-caramel, clotted cream on the turn, a touch of curdled Baileys, some pond-water pong,… Whilst the finish doesnt read as well as the nose, things are looking up with attempts to return to its malty core, albeit with a briney/washing-up mouthfeel and a sooty-barley note at the death.
C: A likeable low achiever.Scores a D-