Fascinating though the nose is there's just too much cask here which pushes everything towards the bitter end of the flavour spectrum.
1961 Sherry Hogshead
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Year of Bottling
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Nose: An old fortified wine cellar - either Malaga or Jerez. Pitch and tar and concentrated oxidised fruits even a hint of cheese rind. Intense.
Palate: Firm and tannic with bitter edges.
Finish: Tight and hard.
Comment: Fascinating though the nose is there's just too much cask here which pushes everything towards the bitter end of the flavour spectrum.
Nose: Rich, dark. Obviously an old timer. Exotic wood. Marmite. Candied prunes. Soft spices.
Palate: Astringent and bitter. Wood has pumped up all the maltiness, and it does not 'taste'
Finish: Lingering. Very perfumy. Rosehips and Turkish delight.
Comment: Again, wood has taken the lead and the balance is lost. But there is a lot of charm in that old piece of history. So difficult to score.
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