North Port Brechin 28 Years Old 53.3% 1977
|Cask Type||Refill American oak|
|Condition||In Original Box|
Serge Valentin (87)
Colour: pale straw. Nose: oh, extremely fresh and clean (even hyper-clean), starting on freshly squeezed lemons and whiffs of white wood smoke. Not extremely demonstrative, maybe a little shy, but very elegant. Notes of flint, mashed potatoes, wet limestone, chalk… Quite some freshly cut grass as well, hints of fresh parsley, lemon balm, hints of cold lager, caramelized lemon pie. More and more ashes and faint whiffs of lavender (the flower, not any derivative).Again, it’s very elegant… Mouth: exactly what I expected, the palate is very coherent, with lots of lemon juice, grass juice (good for your health!), maybe some salad and a little liquorice. It gets then a little fruity (orange sweets, violets sweets), with notes of gin fizz… Let’s add a few drops of water now: yes it gets smoother, with quite some apple juice and a little candy sugar, but there’s also quite some bitterness now (from the wood?) Nothing excessive, though. Also something strangely maritime (oyster juice but maybe it’s the lemon ;-)). The finish is rather long and dry, leaving your mouth in good shape. A dry white wine? Very good, in any case, even if it’s, once again, a little austere.