Timorous Beastie 21 year old
Non chill filtered
No added colouring
£89.95 from Master of Malt – sold out but Drinks by the Dram available
Sherry, spice and dusty chocolate on first pour from this colourful little number. Lots of sherry maturation is obvious. Raisin, plum, clove, cinnamon, all the usual expected Sherry monster aromas, intensely presented for a lower (not cask strength) ABV. With time there becomes a dusty vanilla oak note running throughout the background. Some citrus notes come through, as the spices settle down. There is quite a perfume nature to this nose as well, highly sniffable.
Cadbury Fruit n Nut. It’s got all of it, loads of chocolate, some nuttiness, primarily hazelnuts, but some almond in there as well, loads of raisin (soaked in rum). Lovely, solid stuff. Christmas spices throughout. An oily mouthfeel coats the spices around every corner of the mouth. Highly quaffable.
The fruit n nut bar fades slowly, with some stewed tea and a drying mouthfeel.
V small drop added. The nose is sweeter now, more chocolatey, less spice. The palate has died somewhat. Chocolate is forefront, and now some barley and porridge, actually reminds me of the coco pops porridge I had last week, much less Spice, oiliness and complexity. Finish is Spice and light chocolate. This one is not to be watered, it’s older and it doesn’t cope so well with dilution.
A lovely Christmassy, Sherry rich blend. The age is there to be experienced, but doesn’t take kindly to water. It’s a lovely winter warmer, I understand entirely why it sold out so damn quickly.
Many thanks to Douglas Laing for the review sample