[62.4%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Limited Release of 175 Bottles]
The casks give off an earthy and oaky vibe, the brute strength is obviously there. It’s syrupy, presumably a product of involvement from the thicker textured casks with a prominent fortified wine led acidity; but otherwise it’s held quite tightly and requires some time for the richness to open up.
Palate & Finish:
A sticky and chewy drop. Maraschino cherries and glazed strawberries with a good oomph of heat and plenty of minerals and tannins. The delivery stretches on, date pudding served with fresh cream. Rather umami towards the end.
I am always intrigued by Mr. Duckett’s works, more so with his vatted malts and especially when he has had to actively tweaked the flavours.
The Beagle 5 definitely benefitted from having its different components. Individually I suspect the casks may all be somewhat unbalanced and flawed but collectively this is a coherent expression. I’m not sure though if it would have worked still if not for Tim’s unique ways of loving..