Why is there only 90 bottles of this? *Clickety*
26th January 1990, 90 bottles, refill ex-bourbon barrel.
Nose - Solvent sweet, thinners, plastic book coverings, cherry ripe sweetness and fresh gloss paint on freshly planed pine wood. Deep down in there there’s something extremely fruity. Quite a challenging and curious nose, a resinous deep wax running through it, with just the slightest hint of drying peat, mature oak notes and something oddly vegetal - sliced carrots? And something meaty and fatty like a French pate. I get the bread. Complicated. With water, more cherry notes start to come through and that fruitiness comes out - cherry, orange, juicy pineapple and loads of menthol. And some pencil shavings. Much more rounded, more complexity, more citrus fruit.
Body - Undiluted, very hot and sappy. Spicy, with lingering toasted notes and great belts of toffee. With water, significantly more wood and quite a fruit bomb with orange, and waxy, musky cherry.
Finish - Quite wood sour in the finish with long oily waxed tones. With water, much more soapy wax and really oily, with the fruit chews on the label coming to the fore. Long numbing finish and a tropical after glow.
What’s not good about it - Needs water, undiluted is quite severe.
What’s good about it - But you can spend a long time adding water and enjoying how it unfolds. With water, lots of fruit, wax, well integrated mature wood, and loads of body. Great complexity, loads of challenge and interest, keeps on giving.