Nose: the first feeling we get at first nosing is complexity. First there’s hints of old sweet wine (Sauternes) and then it’s coal smoke, gunpowder and flints, together with notes of smoked ham and faint hints of truffle. Gets then even smokier, with a little peat, something faintly maritime (sea breeze), roasted nuts, a little cough syrup (eucalyptus), hints of pine needles... More mint after that, wet moss, fern, cigar box… Keeps developing for a very long time, quite kaleidoscopic, with the notes of coal smoke and mint as permanent features. Amazing complexity.
With water: keeps developing, this time more on turpentine and game, with even hints of beef stock.
Mouth (neat): very big, rich, powerful, exactly cough syrup this time. Eucalyptus, camphor, mint, then ginger, crystallised lemon, pepper… Hints of tannins in the background, and quite some tar as well. Very big. With water: gets more on oranges and other citrus fruits, with a bigger spiciness as well. Finish: long, slightly salty, half orangey and half minty. Slight dryness from the wood. Comments: a very big and very complex dram, as expected, but maybe not one of the absolute winners that most other Local Barleys are. But let’s not be fussy…
SGP:563 – 91 points.