JS joins us, as well as newcomer T.
41.70 34yo d.1980 C'est magnifique! (48.6%, SMWS Society Single Cask, 2nd Ffill Sauternes Hogshead, 102b): this is recommended by the staff, though even they have a hard time not mentioning the price tag -- only £50 shy of the official bottling's that came out a few months ago. Nose: lots of sawdust, toasted coconut shavings, cinnamon and nutmeg, then lime juice. Honeysuckle is well present too. Mouth: peppery custard, with a velvety texture and a distinct spiciness. Finish: lots of wood spices again, sawdust; it is drying. An OK dram, though too woody, to be honest. And too pricy for the quality. 8/10
50.76 25yo d.1990 Booze up in a bakery (59.1%, SMWS Society Single Cask, Refill ex-Bourbon Barrel, 150b): nose: very powerful honeysuckle, a hint of skunk (JS), then sugar takes off -- dark moscovado sugar. Mouth: velvety and coating, with creamy cake. Finish: the most lovely milk chocolate, at this stage. Another superb 50. Keep them coming. 8/10
|Not Lea, Lychee!|
95.20 18yo d.1997 Glazed cocktail sausages (53.2%, SMWS Society Single Cask, 2nd Ffill ex-Sherry Butt, 252b): nose: crisp flowers (forsithia) and an alcohol level that is rather pungent. Mouth: hot custard, sprinkled with cinnamon. It is fairly hot, whilst remaining amazingly soft and silky. Creamy vanilla pudding. Finish: delicate and velvety, with juicy apricot compote. Astonishingly, the heat almost disappeared in the finish. 8/10
We go off-piste and try more ancient expressions.
72.30 30yo 1983/2013 Fruit, fruit, fruit! (49.9%, SMWS Still one of a kind, Refill ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 221b): nose: melon, peach and ivy. We had this one when it came out and I remember not being totally convinced. It seems much, much more immediate, today. Mouth: mellow with yellow-flesh fruit (apricot, peach). This is very, very velvety indeed. Finish: more of the same fruits, with a touch of chocolate thrown in for good measure. Love this. 8/10
41.69 12yo 2013/2015 Making your mind twitch (57.6%, SMWS Society Single Cask, 2nd Fill ex-Bourbon Barrel, 42b): nose: deeply flowery, with also bakery notes. Mouth: good power, a nice mix of flowers and bakery. Finish: oomph! It opens up to reveal tropical fruits aplenty. This is very much to my liking. 8/10
G3.4 27yo d.1984 Pride of Bengal (57.5%, SMWS Society Single Cask, Refill ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 219b): T tries it first, "Once you swallow it, there's a really interesting taste left in your mouth." JH: "That's what she said." Hem. Nose: tinned pineapple. Must have been a faulty tin, because the metallic taste is very prominent. Metal, verbena, sage. Mouth: warm. Finish: full-on verbena and tin cans. It is good and interesting, yet probably not my favourite expression from this closed distillery. 8/10