Very pleasant nose with dark berries and exotic fruits of all kinds. Seductively tender and loving, it plays back and forth in a grandiose balance between ex-bourbon (hogshead?) And the port pipes. With vanilla and tropical fruitiness, it comes across as very elegant and impressive. Incl. a wow effect, because the nose is a unicorn experience.
Respect to Master David Stewart.
In the approach surprisingly strict for the 40%. Also a bit dry and thin with a sharp base. The dried raisins and the nutty transition are now pleasant in the main part. Then dried berries come out very woody. With a touch of grapefruit it makes a bit of an impression on me but then looks dusty and dry on the finish. The depth and texture of a 21 are not shown to their best advantage. No palate waves, no up and down. Only the one-way street in the exit. Question to the master:
Has it been in the barrel too long?
Medium to rather short. He didn't hold out. It's a shame, this dram doesn't deliver what the nose promised. At the back, it looks too simple. It's a shame, I'm a little disappointed because I expected more. A blind tasting would be appropriate and fair here. The name, the age and the great nose had screwed me up too high with my expectations. Greetings to “little dram”: Fortunately, the sample is big enough.
One evening does not come to a fair judgment here. I will touch up the days.