Aged: 25 years
Product of: United Kingdom
Bottled from a mix of first-fill American oak ex-bourbon barrels, new American oak barrels and new ex-bodega European oak butts filled in 1990. Just 3,954 individually numbered bottles were released as part of Diageo's 2016 Special Releases.
Bottled at cask strength without chill-filtration or added colour.
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Review and Tasting
Sampled on 10/10/2016
Clear, mid to deep golden amber.
Intense and complex. Apple, baked peach, clove, wax jacket, candied fruit and faint candied ginger. Orange marmalade and ginger biscuit with water.
Baked pear and intense spice. Overbaked apple turnover pastry, sweet clove and eccles cakes. A dash of water knocks back the baked biscuity fruit and amplifies the spice. Don’t be tempted to add more water as this kills the fruitiness.
Buttery apple, tarte tatin finish.
Considering the price and the degree of pleasing flavours - bang per buck, this is my personal pick from Diageo’s 2016 Special Releases. Baked orchard fruit, mild clove spice, pastry and vanilla rich oak. Quaffable, pleasing and yet complex.