impressive period of half a century! The final result is an enticing
oldie, well matured with a lovely
balance of oaky spiciness and bourbon derived flavours. Rich,
fruity, spicy, and an excellent mouthfeel. A cracking example of a
I thank Douglas Laing for the sample!
The nose starts off with vanilla, caramel and dark fruits, mainly plums.
Delicate notes of baked apples arrive, mixed with cinnamon spice and
orange oil. Oak and some
earthy flavours in the back.
A sweet start on the palate with orange and caramel, accompanied by an
intense spiciness of black pepper, oak, cloves and cinnamon. Once the
spiciness fades, notes of
dark berries and acacia honey linger towards the finish.
The finish shows medium length with sweet vanilla, dry oak, cloves and a hint of earthy flavours on the tail.
With water: Fresher on the nose after adding a few
drops of water. There's more vanilla coming through, mixed with dark
berries, plums and subtle oak. The bold spiciness is
significantly tamed while notes or oranges, caramel and oak
dominate. Less sweet. The finish is medium long and slightly warming
with a lovely spicy mix of oak, cloves, cinnamon and acacia