Finally, a long-awaited sample: it is a 23-year-old Glenugie (closed distillery), a single ex-sherry barrel selected and bottled by Duncan Taylor, a prolific Scottish indie bottler. We received the sample as a kind present from Giuseppe, Il Bevitore Raffinato, and we thank him – really, thanks mate! The color is dark coppery.
N: two personalities: both very bulky but perfectly integrated, in harmony. The first is an antique shop: old wooden furniture, old books (when old paper smells like cocoa, or chocolate… you know?); in addition, a good “centerbe” bitter liqueur, deep and balsamic (a veil of rhubarb and eucalyptus) also appears on this side. The other personality reflects a carefree aromatic liveliness: juicy chinotto, very ripe blood orange; berries in jam (tart?); chocolate, figs and dates. All of a huge intensity, with a lot of pipe tobacco giving layers and nuances.
P: at 61% neat … #byebye, it is very drinkable. Impressive impact: a scandalous red fruit (blackberry, cherry, raspberry) punching the oblivious blogger. To be clear, the fruit is in compôte, in jam. It is so dense and “real” you could say you’re biting it. It does not “remind
of” the fruit, is almost “THE fruit” itself. A sixteenth-century rhetoric would have spoke about hypotyposis, in terms of energy, evidentia (and maybe we do actually come from the XVI th!). All over it spreads a fat, large blanket of caramel, dates, tobacco, chocolate … It all is sensationally compact, the devastating intensity shoots continuous flames, like Mad Max’s guitarist. With water, the balsamic component is accentuated, and we find again that herbaceous note we found on the nose (rhubarb, centerbe), and perhaps even a little wax.
F: there, again, a barrel full of red fruits, alive. With water it fades slowly, in enormous grace, on herbaceous and tobacco notes.
After drinking it, we read some italian friend reviews… we are a little astonished to see high but not very high, good but not very good ratings. May be the heat, but we were amazed, delighted in front of such greatness – which we will reward with a 93/100, not a point less. Very good!
Sottofondo musicale consigliato: High on Fire – Serums of Liao.