Last year, Wilson & Morgan’s warehouses ‘lost’ a special cask: it is a product of a distillery that we particularly love, but which unfortunately is seldom bottled even among independents, namely Glen Keith, owned by Pernod Ricard. This is an ex- refill bourbon cask containing whisky distilled in 1993 and matured for 25 years – bottled, ça va sans dire, at cask strength…
N: mmm, what a nice atmosphere! Incredibly fragrant and floral, orange blossom and rosewater. Then a triumph of fragrant fruit: strawberry, pineapple, our dear Santal juice peach mango and milk, a sense of fruit salad! It’s a smoothie nose: maracuja and peaches in white wine. There’s also an ‘old’ patina, like slightly waxy tropical.
P: it gets super tropical here, with a lovely maracuja acidity. Filled chocolate (both Boeri and white Ritter chocolate with raspberries). Incredibly chocolatey, sweet, Lindor-like. Also malaga (cream and black cherry). The paradox and the magic are in the fact that it’s still nice and ‘tight’. A thread of wood, hazelnut, touch of spice bread.
F: remains floral but still super chocolaty. Long and dried coconut.
Really impressive are power and variety of the fruitiness. A huge tropicality very rich, but as said, it manages to remain always particularly tense in the masterpiece. Perhaps the nose is too fragrant and flowery, but it remains excellent, while on the palate the main trait becomes chocolate, truly unique in its intensity. Being W&M, which, especially with long maturations, has accustomed us to rather heavy and pleasantly charged bottlings, this one also stays quite sharp… A total winner: 90/100.
Sottofondo musicale consigliato: Medeski, Martin & Wood – Last chance to dance trance.