The two special edition Timorous Beasties from last year. I was disappointed with the original (although I think Rock Oyster and the Epicurean are great) and so didn’t pay too much attention to these two coming out - except to go in on bottle shares (although the 21 I did get sent a sample of by DLaing). Not paying attention was a mistake as I would now bite your arm off for a bottle of the 40 year old having tasted it.
Nose - Fresh but waxy stone fruit - peach mainly, and green apple. Candy cigarettes, fruity shower gel and jelly sweets. It's as fruity as star wars strawberry shower gel is, with a touch of talcum powder and long creosoted fencing.
Body - Gentle, but deep and cakey - carrot cake with buttercream icing, a touch of soft liquorice and mini-milks. Absolutely delicious.
Finish - Long and ripe with the distinct and remarkable flavour of wine gums. Great cask musk and woods at the end reinforcing the structure of this extremely well blended whisky.
One of the ripest whiskies I've ever tasted, extremely fruity and absolutely delicious, particularly in the nose and initial delivery. Certainly not timorous again. I don't usually think whisky under 46% rocks so no water added.
Nose - Brighter with more apple than the 21, and a slightly unexpected but extremely grown-up medicinal edge of new bandages. Absolutely living up to its age this has extraordinary depth with an almost blue-cheese/ammonia note that, with the wood work/varnish edge you'd expect from 40 (marker pens and glace cherries), is very special indeed. If not, in any way whatsoever, timorous. Also, marmalade, drizzle cake and more jelly sweets. Chalkier with water, still very fruity though.
Body - Complicated, beautifully intense - wood varnish, honeyed cake, Ribena with that blue cheese edge again. Chocolate cake and cherry jam. Even better with water, the blackcurrant is intense, the whole thing is structurally sharper round the edges.
Finish - Medium, darkly fruity with black cherry compote and sharpies. More wood with water, more sour.
Phenomenal. I can't believe I didn't buy this when I had the chance. Knocking on A⊕⊕