SMWS Advent Day 7
23rd October 1991, 25 years in Oloroso butt then 2nd fill butt heavy toast medium char, 375 bottles
Nose - Rather glorious, this is one of those really important, winey, fruity grains that are still very obviously a grain. The kind of thing Compass Box used to knock out. Lots of instant coffee granules here too, with charred bananas and felt tip pens. Some shaved oak and swimming pool. A lot richer with water, toasted pastry and cream with that robust but exciting fruit.
Body - Soft, bright and winey again, quite sharp with the high ABV, with grapefruit peel and cigarette tobacco. Harsher with water but more fizzing citrus.
Finish - Short but creamy, pineapple slices on a French tart.
Really evocative, reminds me of hot summers in the Greville street bar. Haven't had a really cracking grain in ages. This one is in stock.