Nose: An earthy aroma, figs & orange marmalade, bright notes of fresh gooseberries & ripening grapes.
Taste: Cinnamon & crushed black pepper with caramelised fruits, crystallised ginger, raisins and hints of dry oak.
Finish: Pleasingly dry with warmth that fades into a lingering sweet marmalade finish.
Nose: Cloves, apples, stewed gooseberry, pine, orange and a hint of old library mustiness.
Palate: Caramel sweetness up front, although restrained compared to the 21yo, with apple, lemon and nutty cake - cinnamon, raisins, and general cakey goodness. Some wood kicks in at the end to round off the sweetness a touch.
Finish: Sweet woody spice, sharp apples and old polished wooden panneling.
Comments: Less sweet than the 21yo but also a bit less complicated.
Nose: Quite nutty & oaky. Some pleasant, subtle cooked apple flavours behind.
Palate: Again, noticeable sweet oak, with hazelnuts, brazilnuts. Packs a good punch considering it’s just 40%. Becomes drier and sweeter through the mid-palate
Finish: Decent length, remains quite fresh and lively. Hint of citrus and grassiness coming through.
Comment: A pleasant, enjoyable easy-drinking dram.