Well balanced and well structured.
John's Lane, 12 Years Old
Year of Bottling
Republic of Ireland
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Delicate, nutty. Fresh hazelnuts. Honey. Nougat. Quite restrained. In time, some toffee comes through.
Palate: Velvety. Sweet. Some pastry-notes. Praline, almond cake. The palate, like the nose, keeps shy. More fruit at midpalate. Pears and apples. Then a more assertive spicy flavour wakes the tastebuds up. Black pepper.
Finish: Warm, dry and spicy.
Comment: Well balanced and well structured.
Nose: Bold and rich with masses of oily leather, sandalwood, spices frying in\rmelted butter, plump black fruits - black cherry and tayberry. Complex.
Palate: That ebullient fruitiness continues, this time opening into apricot, cling peaches (and custard) and a topical edge of passion fruit. The sweetness becomes more savoury in the centre as the oiliness picks up.
Finish: Long and spicy.
Comment: This is astoundingly complex for a 12yo. An instant classic.
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