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This one was bottled Oct 19 2015 and comes from barrel 15-5957, stored on Rick R-26.
The colour is a dark caramel. On the nose - lots of oak on this one, with sugared raisins, burnt caramel, some black liquorice, vanilla, custard, mint and black pepper. Overripe peaches. Freshly baked butter tarts (like my mum makes!) Maltier, and more herbal, with water. Rather complex overall, with big oak domination.
Drying on the palate, and very woody, with more pepper, cumin, liquorice all-sorts, huge vanilla and wet tobacco. A drop of water tames the wood, while bringing out some sourdough. While I love the oak on the nose, here it is a bit too overwhelming.
The finish is long, ashen and full of spice and wood. This is quite good, but a touch too oaky in my opinion, especially compared to 15-5238 (which I scored a 91). But still not as oaky as the Silver Select (which I scored an 86).