Nose: pretty incredible. At first you’re
hit with a huge turpentine / varnish note, not unlike some very old
American whiskies. In this case it is almost exotic, as it mixes nicely
with a bunch of tropical fruits (banana, mangosteen, papaya). Vanilla.
Menthol and eucalyptus. Orange peel and apricots. Herbal honey. Also
peppery notes and liquorice. Leather. All very vibrant and intense, you
don’t expect elderly people to scream at you like this. Quite superb.
Mouth: just wicked. It takes the room with mint tea, pepper, then pine
sap and resinous notes and herbal potions. When the first heat
disappears, it moves towards fruit tea, spiced cake, coconut shavings
and lots of plum liqueur. Maybe a strawberry or two. Back to vanilla,
orange oil and plenty of spices like cardamom and cinnamon. And soft
earthy touches underneath. Finish: long, still enough fruits to balance
the active oak. Mint and eucalyptus again. Apricots and ginger as well.
Excellent. It has to be said that finding a cask of this age that
isn’t wrecked by the wood is quite an achievement already. In this case
you get all the wonderful aromas of ageing at an impressive strength.