An old fellow which has been drowned in oak. Where is the distillery character?
Release III, 1957, 50 Years Old, Cask No. 2, Sherry Hogshead
Year of Bottling
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Rich oak. Sweet fruit notes. Dry apricot, damson plums. Walnut stain.
Palate: Syrupy,thick but so astringent. Cocoa beans. So much oak. The dried fruit is covered by a thick coat of dark chocolate. Coffee beans too.
Finish: Dry,bitter,not as long as expected.
Comment: An old fellow which has been drowned in oak. Where is the distillery character?
Nose: Dense, yet sweet. Mix of coffee,dusty sherried notes. Sooty smoke. Goes deep into leaf mould,carbonised fruits,burnt sticks,then menthol.
Palate: Dry,firm tannic structure. There's residual sweetness here,the cask has had such huge influence. Tight even with water and a little too bitter for me.
Finish: Slightly astringent. Bitter chocolate.
Comment: Just too much cask influence for the sake of balance.
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