Corby's took their wonderful Lot 40, aged it for twelve years and bottled it at cask strength at 55%. Cool! Not so cool? Only 4,968 bottles were produced.
The colour is a cinnamon-copper. On the nose, sharp pickle juice, deep oak, cayenne pepper and strong mint. Quite floral. Acetone. Dark chocolate. Pencil shavings. Musty and vegetal with water. As wonderful a rye nose as you could expect.
Hot on the palate with more oak, blood orange, vanilla and light caramel. More pickle juice. Creamy mouthfeel. The perfect amount of spice - cinnamon and cloves. When you add water, it gets spicier, with more blood orange. Absolutely delicious!
The mouthwatering finish is surprisingly short with pine, more citrus and bovril. I love, love, love this. I'm comparing it side-by-side with the standard Lot 40 - surprisingly, the standard is darker in colour. The nose on the standard is fruitier where the cask strength is sharper and more floral. In terms of flavour - the cask strength just has so much more oomph, you have to fall in love with it.