N: Another one that’s honeyed and sweet - so far the theme of the day. But wait, this is a different beast. We are also talking of burnt molasses and butterscotch, most indicative of virgin casks ones with a medium-to-heavy char especially. Theres also some cinnamon, ginger, aniseed, linseed oil, tan hide, soy, tomato, tamari, potting-shed pickle, mango & chilli pickle...... This isn’t howeveras pan-Asian as my descriptors may suggest, though its not obviously Scottish. And the descriptors keep coming. Namely windscreen wash, synthetic lemon flavour [from washing up liquid], grilled limes, synthetic plums & tropical fruit notes, mechanic oils, bready oils [culinary] - golly theres all-sorts here!
T: Lemonade-sweet - I wasn’t expecting that. It’s soft too, ethanol wise with an innocuous chew before dried confectionary fruits run into the finish.
F: Soft, malted sweets, sweet aniseed, silicone [the char really showing its worth at the end], and sweet aniseed that goes on and on. It’s refreshingly non-vanilled. It’s little dry at the end though equally soft throughout.
C: Though this was transferred [for finishing] to a virgin oak hogshead for a year [or thereabouts], it spent most of its life [15 years], in an ex-Bourbon hogshead. A fine cask finish. Only the mid-palate was a little lacking.