I decided to crack this one open for Burns Night a few nights ago and I'm definitely glad I did! SMWS lists the tasting notes on the bottle as follows:
Barley, honey and biscuity notes are overtaken by aromas of brine - notes of rock-pools, lobster claws, sea breezes over marram grass and oysters.
Of the bottles that I picked up in the January outturn from SMWS, this one definitely hits closest to the SMWS tasting notes put on the bottle!
0.4 (Jonquiripe corn)
Oysters on the half shell with vinegar and shaved horseradish, freshly sanitized kitchen, dusty staircase
Tarry charred oak that rolls into green apples and treacle, grapefruit candies, light/medium viscosity/mouthfeel
Unbelievable finish that rolls from smoky to sweet with a nice warm hug that lingers forever. Just a great pour for a nice winter's night.
Dubbed "A Seaside Picnic," this pour lives up to its billing as it has a beautifully briny nose reminiscent of a day shucking oysters. The palate comes on strong with a blast of charred oak that transitions into green apples and grapefruit candies. The finish is what truly sets this off, as it transitions from spicy to sweet so well and just leaves you with a warm hug that will not let go.
Given I've set my standard for the difference between "Good" and "Great" as a "pour that I'm still thinking about the next day," this one definitely made it into that "Great" tier.
Just a wonderful dram!
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