Somerset 10yo Apple Brandy (42.0%): After I enjoyed my time while I was tasting Somerset 10yo yesterday very much I remembered that I actually had a sample bottle of their 20yo expression as well somewhere at home from our earlier bottle shares. Today spending some time in my sample yard I could manage to find it. Before I go straight to tasting one important thing about this bottling: Only one barrel of 20yo is released every year but I unfortunately don't know from which year this release is. It should be 2016 or 2017. If you missed yesterday's post and want to learn more about Somerset Apple Brandy please click here and return here after...
Color: This one is dark(er)... Orange blossom honey, medium amber with same thick, oily and slow moving legs.
Nose: A little mute. Rock candy, vintage hard wood furniture and apple crumble. Warm apple strudel and toasted bread crust.
Palate: Hot apple cider, cinnamon and oak. Whole cloves and bitter almonds. Sweet and tannic at the same time and very dry.
Finish: Pretty much all decaying wood and cinnamon bark. Medium to short with some serious bitterness towards the end.
Overall: Hmmm... I really missed the texture I fell in love with in the 10yo expression. This is kinda thin on the nose and palate compared to its younger sibling and it's way to woody and tannic for my palate. Although everything is pretty consistent throughout the whole tasting it is not my cup of tea. I do now some people though who would like this more than the 10yo. Especially people who like their bourbons on the older side and don't like to taste too much of the spirit itself...
Price: $82 (500ml bottle)