Another example of sherry domination. Where's the balance?
Miyagikyo, 1987, Cask No. 89714
No age statement
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Sherry, ground coffee. Morello cherries. Grapefruit juice. A distinctive sourness combined with dry oaky notes. Liquorice. Opening on sweet creamy custard. Hint of damp wall.
Palate: Sweet but oaky. Sherry is in control. Burnt caramel. Bitter tang.
Finish: Dry, oaky, dark chocolate, liquorice.
Comment: Another example of sherry domination. Where's the balance?
Nose: Ripe and sweet with dried fruits, nuts and candied peel shifting into marmalade, persimmon. Shows good balance with a sweet blackberry note cut with saddle soap.
Palate: Once again, really piercing concentration which goes into a mix of dry, crisp oak this time with cigar leaf, oak and sandalwood.
Finish: Red grape skin, redcurrant tartness.
Comment: Good, but again not quite the extra dimension that's needed.
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