N: Some shoe polish, linseeds, linseed oil, almond oil [although it's not that oily overall], ripe plums in a brown paper bag, cloves, stewed fruits and even a hint of ripe banana. Citrus too, lemony cleaning products, a little rhubarb, char/smoke and a little hint of After Eight. There’s something decidedly Cragganmore-ish about this HP, particularly reminiscent of some vintage family casks i recently experienced at the Ballindalloch distillery in 2016, although they were only mere 28-30 year olds.
T: Aah again, doesn't really deliver [its been a common thread tonight]. Tannins swamp the palate, tannic sugars, lots of oak - then it shrinks in the mouth. Into the finish, it's more herbal than expected. Sure it's thin but it's also more concentrated also.
F: ... followed by more bourbon traits.
C: Don't get me wrong, this is a very good, tasty dram - but there's often a disappointment when the palate doesn't follow up on a vibrant, interesting, chatty nose. Its fair to say that hefty price tags, fancy packaging and opulent surroundings can often set one up for a bigger drop.
Scores a B-