Sadly I couldn’t attend this year, despite getting access I was foiled by my ridiculous existence and had to look after kids or something. I love going to that tasting!
Ed kindly score some of these two for me though, bah. Cheers mate.
Body - Soft but fruity, then structurally peated with coal, crushed lumpwood charcoal and burnt toast. That's all at the top, burnt and cereally, but gummy fruit sweets and wax underpin it.
Finish - Medium and peppery, the persistent fruity, waxy funk behind it. It ends slightly rotten, but that wasn't unwelcome.
Surprisingly special, I'm not sure why I had such low expectations, it wasn't the age. The peppery peat is quite clumsy I suppose but that supple, waxy, slightly dirty fruit is very exciting.
Body – More like “engineered”; it's like the Talisker (that same cooked cereal) but the burnt edges are rounded off. Still it has baked plum and orange juice, flaked almonds and barley sugar. And that kind of cough mixture stickiness. But it's not living up to the nose.
Finish - Long and citrussy; treacle tart with caramelised orange slices.
I love the nose on this, ripe but ethereal, but the delivery pulls too many punches and reminds me of a 40% official NAS release.
I’m sure the other ones were good too. FFS.