The Usquebaugh Society BTC2014 is almost done. one last blind tasting tonight and it’s over. I really hope to get some points tonight to finish on a positive note!
Below you’ll find my notes (Nose/Palate/Finish) as written before the bottle revelation but here’s what I guessed it to be and why:
I went for Clynelish, 20 yo 56.5%. The wax and salt pointed me at this distillery and the ABV felt mid fifties. Age is the big issue for me – it can be a 17-18 Year old from a very good cask or some mid twenties bottling. I had my eyes on one specific bottling but instead of going all in on this one, I’ve decided to spread out a bit and prepare for the unexpected and get some points if I’m a bit wrong (despite losing points if I am right).
Update: It’s Imperial 1995. Oh well. Anyway I’m finishing the competition with 457 points points, place #21 out of 73 – almost top 20! (and also won the side bet with a few friends 🙂 )
Imperial 1995 Signatory Cask Strength Collection for Astra Morris (52.4% / )
Nose: Green apples, Boubron cask impact with dash of sweet honey, wax, lime, salt, rounded sweet. After adding water it’s sweeter.
Palate: Spice, wax, lime, sweet citrus and lemon peels, oak bitterness, hot pepper. With water: very waxy(!), wet oak and it’s less fruity with pepper at the background
Finish: freakishly long. Peppery and lingering sweet sugar and green apples peels for ages.
Thoughts: What a great dram. I bet it’s sold out already 😦 (Update: not yet so it seems! Still available in Belgium. If you want one, hurry up!)