So much wood to get past but well worth the fight. This is a final night's dram.
The Family Casks
Release X, 1959
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Gingerbread, dark treacle, sherry wood, damp warehouses, caramelised oranges, lemon rind, a touch of cigar smoke, Fisherman's Friend lozenges, herbal.
Palate: Quite bitter, stewed tea tannins, that herbal edge, tomato stalks, Parma violets, thick Oxford marmalade.
Finish: Brief, drying with gripping wooded notes.
Comment: So much wood to get past but well worth the fight. This is a final night's dram.
Nose: Fresh pine sap, a deep dark spiciness, rich fruit cake and menthol tobacco notes open up beautifully. Behind this is a lingering cedar wood/sandalwood too, which a drop of water helps to focus.
Palate: More of the aromatic wood, with a strong tannic Darjeeling note, liquorice and a particularly robust claret.
Finish: The tannins refuse to leave, but so do the cedar wood notes.
Comment: For a ridiculously elderly gentleman, this still has plenty to entertain with. Perhaps the spiciest of the siblings so far.
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