Pronounced and showing off its age well with tons of polish, brass, wood spice and quite a dry and dusty character. Whilst the aged notes are firmly in the driving seats, a touch of sweetness is provided by warm sugared corns, orange peels and golden syrup. The wood spice is quite evident, but still manages to give a little freshness in the form of pine. The addition of water dulls down the polish notes and heightens the orange with some pleasant spice.
Viscous and mouth coating. The palate is much sweeter than the nose initially implies. It’s also more malty too. Cask influence is heavy again with polish and spice in the form of cinnamon, clove and some lovely gingerbread notes. Water reduces the viscosity (boo), but adds to the maltiness.
Long and packed full of varnish and spicing.