N: This follows on perfectly from the Royal Brackla WB, both sharing a similar honeyed-cereal ‘Honest John’ character. So whats different? Firstly the mould/the dunnage/the fustiness, and the slow years of maturation that have softened the spirit suitably without it losing vibrancy - although the abv helps maintain that vibrancy no end. Additionally, its worth noting the consolidation of the constituent parts that lead to a concoction better than the sum of,.. The resulting brew is of a honey>porridge core where candied limes reside with a development [in the glass], on stewed plums & Farley's Rusks and then onto [a touch of] varnished mahogany and sweet bread dough.
T: Another sweet one to taste, starting first on honeyed barley notes before an offering of chocolate confectionary - Kit Kat, tutti-fruity, Boost bars, Cadburys caramel, Wham bars,.... Having said all that, remarkably it’s not overly sweet which is down to it’s a large savoury core with a slight bitter=sour touch. The honeyed note however is maintained throughout.
F: Finishes sweetly and neatly with more honeyed fustiness at the death.
C: Stupidly easy to drink this one, the years stripping the ethanol heat to leave a deliciously drinkable, sweet, soft and subtle, bourbon-oaked honey spirit. Great stuff, but journey seekers should look elsewhere.