I’m not sure where those dominant fruit aromas went, but they were edged out by those richer notes. Still a good drop.
22 Years Old Moscatel
Year of Bottling
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Red fruits dominate, before earthier liquorice root and oatcake comes in. A metallic copper character is in there.
Palate: Lovely rich body. Caramel sauce, dehydrated raspberries and milk chocolate ice cream, barley crumbled on top. The dying embers of a bonfire in the background. Bizarrely I get sea salt-dusted padrón peppers.
Finish: Salty, yet rich cereal notes.
Comment: I’m not sure where those dominant fruit aromas went, but they were edged out by those richer notes. Still a good drop.
Nose: A tart little thing. Redcurrants, tomato ketchup, strawberry jam. A dash of cider vinegar. Fades to wine-notes, then eventually raisins and sultanas rise up.
Palate: The core flavours are a little blunt – caramel, plum jam, prunes, nutmeg – but it’s undermined by coarse wood. Pleasant yet assertive, with a medium-weight texture.
Finish: Woody, with balsamic vinegar before returning to that sharply acidic and tannic quality.
Comment: Not the most elegant dram in the world, but it has moments of charm.
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