Advent Calendar 9/24. I’ve been here before if only briefly and in amongst a few titans. Nice to try it in a quiet room, at a microscopic pace. Shows it off a bit better.
Nose – Sweet, dark raisin, plastic book covers, tropical notes well balanced with sweet smoke. Ashy background. Really lovely integration.
Body – Deep, dark ash, polished, dark furniture, red fruit, sweet malted backing – almost cloyingly sweet then…
Finish- Very long, waves of sherry versus wood smoke and ash, lovely oak integration. Lingering sweetness but now fresh, not cloying.
What's not good about it: Can’t stand up to the Octomore or the Laphroaig 15 sherry monsters, but then it doesn’t need to (half the price).
What’s good about it: Rich, sweet, delicious BBQ smoke, loads of dark fruit, loads of malt. Very well made.