The consensus in our group was that Serge’s 55 is way off. We all had it in the 80s. No one is going to argue that it’s over oaked, but there is plenty to love here, in fact the pros well outweigh the cons for me. Another reminder that everyone has different tastes, and there is no right or wrong. My score is without water. Water does it no favours, but it doesn’t bring it down that much. Quite a disappointment for shyte night, since it’s rather good!
Old and antiquey. Old waxes, varnish and lacquer. Old coins and cold vanilla ice cream. I’m struggling to find things not to like here. Old tool box, some dehydrated red fruits and mango. Old mandarins, papaya and pipe tobacco. Nah screw it, the nose is great.
This is where things turn. Instantly bitter and biting. There’s nothing rotten or weird though, at least not before I add water. If you look past the bitter oak, it’s quite fruity. Old red fruits and some stone fruits too, dare I say tropical even. It’s too bad about the oak, because under it is rather nice. Definitely some herbs. Tarragon, fennel and maybe a touch of soap. No it’s not perfect.
Bitterness. Old fruit almost goes into tomato paste. Slightly metallic like a washed out soup can. Potpourri and dried rose pedals. Tangerine. Again it’s not offensive, it’s just old and bitter. Very bitter. Dark chocolate and dehydrated berries.