Old & dignified

Cask No. 26.125  

Valentin’s moustache wax

Highland, Northern

An aged Loire Chenin Blanc poured next to a well-oiled vintage Ducati. Then these notes of petrichor; fresh forest floor and - inevitably - a fat, slithering and luxurious waxiness. Wee notes of salted almond, cream soda, wet dogs and a further saltiness in the form of cured ham. Water brings out fruity bath salts, ripe kumquats, lychee and fragrant sandalwood. There's a bristle of old French moustache wax in the background. The palate is initially saline and soft; an elegant and textural waxy coating with coastal mineralic bluster, suggestions of a potent Turckheim Riesling and some buttery toast. Dilution gives gloopy olive and mineral oils, camphor, beach foam and touch of brake fluid before a lengthy, wonderfully textured and suitably fruity finish. Drink while listening to Frank Zappa!

Cask: Refill barrel
Age: 25 years
Date distilled: September 1993
Alcohol: 47.7%
USA allocation: 48 bottles

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