|Rich Howard||an immediate hit of sulfur, followed by red grapes, plums, blackcurrant, hints of prunes, tobacco (of course). the palate follows suit, plenty of the gunpowder coating red and purple fruits, leather, coffee and tons of tobacco, tons of drying tannins on the finish. time and water quiet the sulfur a bit, but not as much with the tobacco, which lingers with dark fruits, coffee and berries. the palate is sweeter and fruitier now on the approach, but still some gunpowder on the finish, and a handful of dry twigs. summary: stewed fruits dusted with gunpowder. fortunately, i don't mind sulfur as much as some... [tasted blind for the 2011 Awards] |
|Keith Wood||Glass: Classic Malt
- Colour: Teak
- Nose: Initially hard to place as there's an element of over-riding Alpine cheese which is followed by wood, toasted vanilla and something I can only describe as pasta!
- Palate: Much different to the nose as the palate immediately offers lots of rich dark fruits (think English Christmas cake or even pudding), sherry, wood and aged leather.
- Finish: Long, rich and sherried
- Overall impression: An excellent whisky, even with that slightly strange nose. I really like this one. |