1 of only 286 bottles from cask no. 960070
A lovely Amontillado Sherry colour, indicating ex-sherry cask maturation. This is, in fact, a Spanish oak ex-sherry hogshead. The beading is also excellent, so we can expect good texture.Incredibly perfumed (clean), with smoked oysters, mineral oils and machine oil all in the background. Sandal wood develops as does the perfume – now floral like a sweet blossom. Then pipe tobacco and smoked cheese rind appear. Sweet, salty and smoky to taste, with burnt bacon and charred sausages to the fore. Also a little salty liquorice developing. With water: footbaths and maritime notes – dried seaweed and lobster pots (with no catch), tobacco again and dried herbs. A big mouthfeel with herbal “pick-me-up”, an empty herb drawer (slightly dusty), and mussels on a rope. The finish is all about treacle toffee, more dusty drawers and lingering cloves.