Not too long ago I tried a sister cask of this one, albeit bottled by The Ultimate. But we all know that this Dutch bottler often goes looking for casks in those warehouses in Pitlochry. This is a bottling by Signatory themselves.
It is clearly family on the nose. Caramel, vanilla, toffee, some banana and coconut, a hint of mandarin and raspberry. Nougat and marzipan. And I confess: I love it.
It sticks to the teeth and is honeysweet, but quite piquant at the same time. White pepper, cinnamon and ginger come first, but once the spices have calmed down a bit you get those wonderful sweet notes which are so typical for grain: caramel, chocolate, coconut, vanilla and rum raisins. This one, however, is much more layered than his brother #64904.
The finish is long, warm, mildly drying and reminds me of pancakes with maple syrup. Now where did that come from? But good fun.
Do not put this bottle on the table when you plan a card night – unless you don’t mind emptying the bottle before the night is out. Psssttt… keep this under your hat, but errr… it’s also very good in a cup of coffee.