Probably a sherry first fill. The wood is the leader. Fruit is in an oaky cage. I know some people love it that way. I look for more balance.
The Family Casks
Release X, 1992
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Intense. Oaky and earthy. Heavily sherried. Damp cider cellar. Humus. Hint of mushrooms. Bitter marmalade. Dried apples. Touch of nutmeg.
Palate: Sweet at first then the oak grip makes it very astringent. Bitter chocolate and marmalade again. Wood is overwhelming.
Finish: Dry, astringent with a sweet aftertaste.
Comment: Probably a sherry first fill. The wood is the leader. Fruit is in an oaky cage. I know some people love it that way. I look for more balance.
Nose: A little musty, dunnage warehouses, alcohol and damp wood. Then peaches, meringue and lemon curd. Dusty, like walking in a sawmill.
Palate: Pineapples, orange liqueur laced pancakes, marmalade cake, the wood is still here with oak spices.
Finish: Alcohol dries with sugared almonds.
Comment: Water helps tame the alcohol and amplifies the sweetness.
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