Advance sample bottle #3
N: Sunkist popcorn>mellow corn=rum, some butterscotch, slightly burned toffee,.. Theres a Glenlivet-ness [thinking Nadurra], yet on second thoughts it’s leaning more towards Glenmorangie Nectar D’or - mirroring that Sauternes-sweet honeyed maltiness with apples, hints of pineapples and a touch of coconut dunnage [dry>moist earth].
T: Whilst mildly astringent/stalwart [Mannochmore-esque], its never ever harsh or inoffensive. It’s a bit of a softy underneath, yet too much water can rile it. Play around with water with good/different results. Development: delicious malty raisins, a hint of Espresso Martini for sure and rum too [much like the Drumlanrig cask #8822 WB coming up]. The drier oak notes come later, equally as desirable. A good and tasty cask.
F: More raisins and much of what’s gone before. Becomes a touch tannic & metallic [Glenkinchie 12yo was the last time i experienced this particular vibe], with a touch [more] prickly>fizzy peppery>chilli sprinkles, though water really dispels this issue. There’s a sherried rubbery=putty=raisin conclusion.
C: I’ve enjoy these ‘Advance Sample’ bottles immensely, with sadly only 1 of 4 left. Neither cask nor spirit are easy companions and yet despite their individual awkwardnesses, they make for a very decent union.Scores a B[-]