Great nose, firm palate. Wood dominating a little.
30 Years Old, Fine Oak
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: A 'chewy', spicy nose with some cocoa, orchard fruits and a hint of flowers (lily), crème brûlée and dried leaves.
Palate: A sweet start, then caramel, but the tannins and grippy oak. The driest of the range. Some peat, earth.
Finish: Softens for a second and gets a spark of juicy youth pop out.
Comment: Great nose, firm palate. Wood dominating a little.
Nose: Keeps to itself initially, then fudge and candyfloss notes prevail, with fresh floor polish.
Palate: Austere, quite dry for an instant, then lots of life bursts though. Bubble gum, lemon, brittle toffee.
Finish: Lengthy and sophisticated. Less bourbon influence and fewer negative wood factors here.
Comment: I was wrong! This is infinitely better.
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