[Re-racked into a sherry cask for 20 years, after 20 in bourbon].
N: After such a raucous reception for the reveal of this bottle, a dumfounding hush immediately falls upon our entire party, for a nose that [for me], reaches a new bar - every sniff refreshingly mind blowing. As a result, I almost immediately give in to the imaginary realm. For example, I noted: ‘after the temporal presence of being in a timeless & vaguely familiar shadowy forest, I’m transported into the essential heart of a dingy sweet shop of yesteryear, effortlessly inhaling ambrosia sugars wrapped up in a vine leaf’. I also managed to scribble down things like lozenge putty & yoghurt coatings but descriptors seemed wholly irrelevant over emotional reactions at this time & place, during this experience shared amongst friends & like-minded folk who had travelled far for this special occasion.
T: Maintaining full vibrancy without full power [the low abv causing zero issues], the herbal barley spirit travels some, touching many many parts of the flavour spectrum as it passes through. With an underlying sweetness, the herbal side is most keen. I get tastes of allotments, garden sheds and the distillery itself as I imagine being magically transported back there to a time before visitor’s centres, chocolate pairings and highly managed consistency. This is the ethos of old & rare personified, and a quest fulfilled.
F: Develops a heathery, herbal, liquorice waxiness, the barley juice checking in now and again. A soothing tranquil heathery finish.
C: Wowee, this is nearly off the charts - much like the 1937 Glen Mhor [blog], or some of those unforgettable G&M ‘Generations’ bottlings. Scores my highest mark yet.
Scores an A++