Whiskyfun by Serge
(43%, OB, Asia) Colour: deep gold. Nose: ha-ha, very well picked
because it really noses like the 1998 with ten more years.
It's exactly in the same cluster but there are many more
interstitial aromas between the main notes (please read above
again ;-). Some leather, hints of eucalyptus and maybe even mint
liqueur, quite some chestnut pure, a little more wood smoke (including
whiffs of pine), hay, rich plum jam, a touch of liquorice and
only faint whiffs of fresh oak. And toasted brioche. And
marzipan. And marmalade. And croissants (Serge, this is no
breakfast!) A rich and complex nose. Mouth: now it really
differs from the 1998, being bigger and, most of all, longer and
wider. More crystallised ginger for a start, then more honey,
ripe fruits and marmalade and finally a much bigger spiciness
involving pepper, cloves, a little cumin and juniper. Slight
grassiness in the back. Definitely bigger than the 1998. Finish:
once again, longer than the 1998 and fuller, rich, with some
Demerara sugar remaining on your tongue for a long time.
Comments: an excellent, rather nervous version of Glenrothes.
And entertaining. SGP:552 - 88 points.(26 June 2009)