Water cuts the edges a little but does not mellow the sourness.
Ace of Hearts, 22 Years Old
Year of Bottling
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Tangy, malty and fruity. Raw bread dough with a hint of yeast. Sour apples. Cider cellar. A dash of water releases earthy notes.
Palate: Oak speaks up. A bitter/sour note of fermenting apple with a touch of must.
Finish: Oaky and spicy (white pepper).
Comment: Water cuts the edges a little but does not mellow the sourness.
Nose: Full, sweet and concentrated. Semi-dried summer fruits, banana, dried coconut, sandalwood. Exotic and complex.
Palate: Smoky and rich yet still lifted. Imagine barbecueing fresh pineapple. Good grip and some acidity. Wet chamois leather clinging to the tongue, while above is almond and unripe melon.
Finish: Long and elegant.
Comment: Fascinating. Hanyu does it again!
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