|Craig Daniels||Tasted blind 23/5/12
Nose: Sweet, fruity, some ointment, obvious spirit prickle, some smoked meat and vegemite/marmite
Palate; fruity then leather and tar, some earthiness.
Finish: sweet then dry with a slight hint of cellophane and ethyl acetate.
Didn't think it was Talisker, sweeter than usual with no obvious pepperiness. Still very moreish |
|Rich Howard||moderate peat smoke, maybe some peanut oil, with an undercurrent of sweet cream, then some soft caramel candies. the palate is smoky sweet, quite sweet actually, with rice pudding and also some sake, plenty of toasted oak on the finish. a drop of water seems to "round out" and integrate the smoky and sweet notes on the nose, slightly less smoky now, and slightly more sweet, more on plain vanilla now, and just a hint of fresh gauze in the background. the reduced palate is a bit less smoky and a bit more diffuse, a bit more sea water in there now, and most of the rice pudding is gone. summary: a quality smoky maritime dram, nicely sweet, to enjoy without water. [tasted blind for the 2011 Awards] |