41.155 Grown-up medicine


We found this nose to be deep, dark and brooding at first, with lots of liquorice, toasted wood, dark chocolate, mint choc chip and ginger wine. Beyond that we also found pear drops, bonfire embers and natural tar extracts. With water it became increasingly mentholated and medicinal, with eucalyptus and wintergreen, plus notes of cherry toothpaste, children’s cough medicines, herbal wines and new leather. The neat palate showed an initial unctuous fruitiness conjuring red apples, raisins, spiced fruit cake and boozy black forest gateau. In time we also noted root beer syrup, cola cubes and BBQ glaze. Reduction brought subtler flavours of almonds, cherry chocolates, coffee liqueurs and hints of game meat, chilli and damson jam. Matured for 14 years in a bourbon hogshead before being transferred to a first fill Spanish oak oloroso hogshead.

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