SMWS Tasting Notes
Colour: Amber light
through Crabbies ginger
Flavour Profile: Old & dignified
The nose was slow to waken but led to comments like ‘Warm,
rich, teasing’ and ‘high quality’ – toffee, chocolate éclairs, fudge and golden
syrup promenaded alongside flower meadows and fresh hay – but slate, coal-tar,
leather, brass and pine spoke of old-fashioned iron-mongers. The unreduced
palate was pleasantly mouth-flooding with big flavours of sherry, roasted
chestnuts, leather, dried fruits and heather stems after moor-burning. The
second nosing had candles, fortified wine and saddles (d’Artagnan arrives at
the inn?). Water helped the palate to consolidate and come together in harmony
– brown sugar, dark chocolate orange creams, rum-soaked cherries, sweet
liquorice and dark honey.
Drinking Tip: A fine dram for reflective, contemplative
moments (recalling a swashbuckling youth, perhaps).