SMWS Tasting Notes
Colour: Deep blood orange gold
Flavour: Lightly peated
The nose had reasonable sweetness (toffee, golden syrup,
marzipan, sugared almonds) some savoury suggestions (cooked crab, roast duck
with plum sauce) and ‘an engineer’s work-bench in a boatyard’. The palate, at
natural strength, conveyed burnt sticks and over-done fruit cake, sticky
gingerbread, teasing smoke and hints of soot and ash. The reduced nose leaped
about from crushed shells and coal sacks to spiced stewed plums, figs and
orange fruit cake, with a slight suggestion of rubber (those old tyres that
dangle from harbour walls). Water improved the taste, in our opinion – Terry’s
chocolate orange, sticky toffee pudding, butterscotch, Demerara and clove.
Drinking tip: To enjoy, while sitting in the sun, watching
scenes of harbour life.