Wooded and a bit of a bruiser, but works on many levels. One for the sherry heads.
The Family Casks
Release X, 1958
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Fragrant and floral, orange pith too. Huge heady waves of damp earth, harvest fields, also a little cough syrup. Leather boots.
Palate: Burnt toffee, bitter dark chocolate, cherry menthols, fragrant candle wax, dark treacle, wood shavings.
Finish: Astringent, drying with cinnamon sticks and spices.
Comment: Wooded and a bit of a bruiser, but works on many levels. One for the sherry heads.
Nose: Huge bold sherry cask notes, a distinct rancio note, turned earth, mossy wet autumn leaves and pine sap. Fortunately this one lacks that unfortunate, swift descent into a woody grave.
Palate: Bone dry and most definitely woody, but this expression has juiciness in abundance: fresh Morello cherries, mint humbugs, wet wool, molasses and flat cola. The dryness is kept.
Finish: Lingering anise, cassia bark, dried sour cherries and liquorice.
Comment: Direct and blunt, but with the right amount of intelligence and personality.
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