N: Very much a product of its time. A little dry with a splintered & nutty (macadamia) oakiness and a winey (fino) sherry character (in part), albeit far reaching with ginger and a little sticky toffee pudding. One thing is for sure, I’d wager there's heaps more aged spirit in here than the stated 12 years. Give this time and it softens, settles & relaxes - oh it relaxes.
T: The nose may have relaxed but the arrival is sharp, spirity & prickly. Water initially complicates things and creates a fizzy arrival, but it does settle down significantly after a while. Then there's some heat - not sure if it's the cask or spirit, or both, but it's brief. In time the entirety softens, delivering sweet malt carried by bitter oak or vice versa, such is the integration.
F: Fades rather too quickly. There's a dry oak finish with a dark, bitter-sweet conclusion. Rallies a little at the end.
C: At time of writing (2017), these old style blends can still be snapped up at auction for a steal. Well worth a look.Scores a C+