That cheesy note on the palate is disturbing. And the finish is harsh. Water smoothes it but tones the flavours down as well.
Solstice 17 Years Old Batch 2
Year of Bottling
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: From the pink colour, a port finish. Light and fruity but rather restrained. Earthy peat.
Palate: Smoky and sweet. Hint of light fruit. Redcurrant. A cheesy note.
Finish: Warm, slightly burning, dry.
Comment: That cheesy note on the palate is disturbing. And the finish is harsh. Water smoothes it but tones the flavours down as well.
Nose: The colour of an Australian rose wine and the aroma of cranberry, jam skimmings, raspberry and a little whiff of damp grass.
Palate: As the nose suggests, very fruity but also with a little hint of charred smoke. Much more complex - blueberries, marzipan/cherry stone. Punchy.
Finish: Long and fruity.
Comment: A balance struck between spirit and oak(s). It shouldn't work, but it does.
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