|Robert Karlsson||To me this is OBE-style. Fantastically so. Sugared lemons. So hard to describe. Superb! Yes. Balanced taste, oh my I love this one. The old round sherried style but not overly so at all. Amazing. |
|Rich Howard||the nose is immediately very fruity, the obvious sherry influence presenting with loads of honeydew melon, and a some more "exotic" fruits, like kiwi, papaya and lychee. with time, the melon notes remain, but mostly fade into something a bit more citrusy, and there are some pleasantly sour cranberry notes to balance. i'm also getting some intermittent deep and earthy vegetal base notes... wet ferns, fresh mushrooms, celery and even potatoes. (you have to smell "through" the all the fruit to get them...) the palate delivers on the tangy fruit, cranberries and also the earthier base notes. a fairly unusual profile... a drop of water kind of "integrates" the nose, dampening the fruit somewhat and drawing out the vegetal qualities. the palate is sweeter, less tangy, and quite drinkable. summary: a unique and interesting dram, with plenty of exotic fruit. the subtle vegetal "fresh potato" notes on the nose do throw me off somewhat... [tasted blind for the 2011 Awards] |
|Keith Wood||Glass: Classic Malt
- Colour: Rich sunny amber
- Nose: Initially dusty candy floss being spun, then light cherries with a hint of maracuja. The cherries expand with time in the glass, but always remain quite light. Finally, there's a suggestion of something which takes me a while to place, but eventually I realise this is an old childhood delight from local fairgrounds called brandy snap! Oh goodness, yes, with that candy floss and now brandy snap I'm returned to childhood afternoon visits to a local fairground with my parents. Happy times! Can I have a ride on the waltzing horses please?
- Palate: Wonderfully creamy mouth-feel with that brandy snap, cherries, polished oak, then lots of fruit and sherry. This is very well balanced too.
- Finish: Very long, light floral oak and yes, that brandy snap.
- Overall Impression: Stunningly good, an absolute gem, nay, a "Great"! |