Worthy Park Sample: The Duchess 12 Years Old Lluidas Vale Cask 4 57.9% 2006
€ 3,03 (incl. Vat)
|Cask Type||Bourbon Cask|
Aged for 8 years in Jamaica then shipped to Europe for further maturation
- No Additives
- No Clouring
- 100% Molasses
- Pot still
Serge Valentin (88)
Nose: gentler, less extreme than that Hampden, more complex as well, with some smoky earthiness, no acetone this time, rather a feeling of smoked banana cake, cigar ashes, a mild oliveness, and whiffs of camphor an eucalyptus wood. With water: the varnish comes out, together with more very lovely earthy tones and fermenting tropical fruits. A combo that always works very perfectly.
Mouth (neat): very unusual this time, with notes of grappa and marc de Bourgogne at first (not égrappé/destemmed), and only then cane, olives, and lemon, then liquorice and a touch of tar. With water: really, marc. And then, indeed, olives and tarry liquorice. Some sides remind me of that crazy thing that Silver Seal did, called Grhum. Which is grappa finished in ex-rum wood.
Finish: rather long, funnily grape-y, and then appropriately olive-y.
Comments: totally up my alley – and indeed it’s fun. One to poor blind – not saying it’s a real eye-opener though (ooh that was utterly lame, S.!)