North of Scotland grain - as rare as hens teeth? Not just yet, but soon!
N: Theres some sharpness on opening that dissipates after a few days. Its replaced by a sweet fattiness and is abound with bourbon complexities. Creamy emulsion, Airfix paint, a dab of UHU, dried fruits, fruit sweets, bourbon vanilla & lime, woody dry ice-cream, a hint of tutti-fruity, fructose caramel, peach melba & strawberry yoghurt~milkshake, savoury-gluey-fruity-cream [im amalgamating flavours now], dried apricots, dried coconut shavings, maple syrup, nail varnish, rum with banana syrup, caramel, set honey, an old small pile of dry sawdust, dry woody dunnage fungal,â€¦ you get the picture. Â Whatever comes next, the nose is sensational. Wonderful bourbon cask complexity.T: This bottle really needs lots of opening out. Theres a sharpness on the palate like on the nose but again that softens convincingly after the first few days. Arrives bitter-sweet followed by a thinnish soft-sweet-sharpness. The wood tannin is heavy but get the water level just right and it oozes more with fruity strawberry milkshake=candy, single cream, slight golden syrup=honey, malt-sugars, malt chocolate [Ovaltine], and more memorable woody-fructose-fattiness. Theres occasionally a slight tangy/funky metallic=plastic distillate note, often found in young [agricole] rum distillate - neither necessarily a good nor a bad thing, just the nature of things.
F: The body increasingly thins and dries before a final flurry of woody, thick vanilla ice-cream, crystalised banana candy with slightly bitter-metallic, sour-ish cream and a flat-sharp woody freshness. The woody vanilla holds in there for another sustaining second wave. Properly dry now with more oaky-dry, vanilla-dunnage-fungal. As long a finish as one could expect from such an old grain.
C: As this bottle was going down [about half way], it hit a sweet=spot when everything was 'cooking'. Either side of that it showed its age somewhat, or maybe Iâ€™m showing my age too! Though certainly not faultless, I enjoyed every moment of this bottle. Boy that nose, just let it breath - but not too much as it doesnt weather the elements too well, mainly on the palate.Scores a B[+]