10 September 2014

10/09/2014 Blitz at Berrys' #7

Have not visited the good people at Berrys' for a while. Time to correct that.

Longmorn 24yo 1988/2013 (46%, BBr Selected by Berrys', C#14385): this is elegant indeed, quite herbaceous, with a few notes of fresh orchard fruits. Compote, as well as a delicate touch of bitter white wine. Pleasant. It turns out I already had it and I think I preferred it the first time.

Littlemill 25yo 1988/2014 (46%, BBr Selected by Berrys', Cask Ref 32): a sister-cask to #32 I liked last year and very probably the last 1988 cask of Littlemill BBr had. This comes with an inflated price tag, unfortunately (double that of last year's). Is it worth it? Nose: caramba! Peat smoke! It is subtle, but definitely there. Shoe polish, leather belts, metal, verbena and light peat smoke. How unlikely? Is this a Dunglass in disguise? Mouth: round and pleasant, still displays some smoke, though the dominant is polished wood. Orange peel is also present. Dried orange peel, even. Finish: well, the smoke still speaks, but wood has a voice too, now. Leather is still there, still in check. Metal? well I suppo-- what!? fleeting fruit, now? Another nosing to confirm that and indeed: the nose has completely changed, to now give away overripe fruit, decaying, even. What a strange, strange whisky! Cask Ref 32 was a roller-coaster of a dram, displaying one thing before changing to the next. This one, although a completely different profile, seems to be as ever-changing (unstable, even). A funny whisky for sure! Perhaps more of a (pricy) curiosity than a pleasure dram, though.

Penny Blue XO Mauritian Rum Batch #002 (43.2%, OB, 2000b): round, quaffable, with the right amount of spice. This is a rum for whisky drinkers. I like it enough.

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