[A blend of 33yo and 40yo] Bottle no. 260
N: lemons, raspberries, gooseberries - suet pudding, bananas - old musty smell of old wood, in a good way
C: Crab apples, dry then rich as the spices release, salavating the mouth with fruits - cherries, lemon balm, nettle tea, rose-hip, wild strawberries. General Curry note. Wood and forest fruits are in cahoots. Very long travel, long palate journey
F: By contrast the finish is short, drying on the tongue with that rosebud and sweet wood lingering around. Big wood on the death. Smoke only appreciated after drinking water
Scores an A+
Revisiting this bottle a year laterN: Toffee, varnish, caramel, earthy moss, sage and lemon balm, chocolate, pine needles, wood spice - Good stuff
T: Thick malt, requiring water now. Pine needles. Harsh arrival and build. Cloying body, the wood dominating the bitter/sweet grain. Not much development
F: Lemon balm, sour herbal, cleaning solution, mint chocolate and chocolate orange, but fresh and herbal.
C: Not as i remembered it before. This bottle doesn’t want to be left open for too long, two years and counting for this bottle and its worse for wear.
Scores a B