N: Similar ‘house’ style to the 1984 but with heaps more malty<caramel that buries the more subtle apple notes of the later vintage. Additionally there are base notes of flint, iron filings, bastard files, a mini pot of metal paint, a hint of washing powder/white spirit,… The sweeter side sees more caramel>toffee apple, a few orange Quality Streets and a drop of rose water…. different peeps, different things I’m sure. Opens up with more of a fruity bouquet later on but the flinty caramel remains strong. Let’s see how this pans out, given the divide between the sweet vs the more industrial side.
T: A chaotic arrival of pepper and caramel, neither able to do much for each other. Moves sweet to bitter to sour, travelling as one ungainly blob. Settles far more acceptably with water, providing a decent paper-dry>waxy yet wandering mouthfeel that captures a two-sided profile of sour-grapefruit>blood orange vs sweeter caramel.
F: More peppery caramel into an invigorating spicy ginger tea, followed by hints of apple skin, rose water and orange essence - always juxtaposed against the less subtle bitter-sweet caramel. A fairly decent length finish that concludes with a piece of chewed textbook.
C: More tough love. For different reasons, same score as the 1984.Scores a D-